Africa Unites on Nuclear Energy as Alternative Power Source at Russia Summit, Nigeria Absent


Nigeria Missing at Africa’s Nuclear Energy Summit in Russia; Other Nations Embrace Nuclear Power

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Yesterday, at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia, African leaders gathered to discuss the potential of nuclear power in resolving the continent’s long-standing energy crisis. However, Nigeria, often considered the giant of Africa, was noticeably absent from the event.

Representatives from other African countries unanimously agreed that nuclear energy could be a viable alternative to the prevalent hydro power source, which has struggled to meet the energy demands of the continent.

The participants emphasized the need for regional cooperation to aggressively reform their respective power sectors with the integration of nuclear energy.

The session, titled “Nuclear technologies for the development of African continent,” featured key panelists, including Alexey Likhachev, Director General of State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM; Ibrahim Uwizeye, Minister of Hydraulics, Energy and Mining of Burundi; Doto Mashaka Biteko, Minister of Minerals of Tanzania; Zhemu Soda, Minister of Energy and Power Development of Zimbabwe; Amged El-Wakeel, Chairman of the Board, Nuclear Power Plants Authority of Egypt; Fidele Ndahayo, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Atomic Energy Board; and Princess Mthombeni, Founder of Africa4Nuclear, a Nuclear Communication and Technology Specialist from South Africa.

When questioned about Nigeria’s absence from the crucial discussion, the event organizers explained that the relevant agencies did not respond to the invitation.

During the summit, each leader presented their countries’ power efficiency levels and discussed how embracing nuclear energy could lead to wealth creation, improved energy efficiency, technology sovereignty, and advancements in the medical sector.

El Wakeel highlighted Egypt’s experience with nuclear energy, emphasizing its positive impact on clean water, healthcare, agriculture, and electricity. Despite these advancements, Egypt is eager to further develop its economy using nuclear technology.

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