Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that the N2 billion in the 2016 budget for nuclear power station is a waste of resources because such power is dangerous to the lives of Nigerians since the country does not have it takes to manage nuclear station.
Speaking on Tuesday to journalists shortly after donating 150 solar energy panels and 60 electricity transformers to 100 communities in his constituency, Senator Sani said the N2 billion should be reallocated to renewable solar energy so that Nigerians could benefit from it rather than endangering them with nuclear power.
Sani who represents Kaduna central senatorial zone under All Progressives Congress (APC) pointed out the danger of nuclear power station in Japan and Russia, stressing that Nigeria must be very careful in going into such bloody risky ventures .
He said, “I will use this opportunity to restate my clear opposition to the attempt by the Federal Government to invest in Nuclear Energy. Nuclear energy is unsafe for our country, it comes with a lot of danger.
“And in this year’s budget there is N2 billion naira allocated to Nuclear Energy for the construction of nuclear station, but my own fear is, are we ready for Nuclear power? We are not, nuclear power station is not like what happened when Militants break the pipelines and the next day it is being repaired.
“Money budgeted for nuclear power should be used for renewable energy either through windmill or solar power.
“It comes with a lot of safety concerns, and safety needs of the society. If we are to install a nuclear station, we must know that it comes with a lot of consequences.
“Nuclear station is not an NNPC depot, it is also not an NNPC pipeline where you can break it today and tomorrow is being repaired, and everything goes on. “We have seen the danger of nuclear power station in Japan and in Russia. So we must be very careful”.
Lola Seriki- Idahosa