As the demand for electricity has continued to grow, the Sub-Saharan Africa Youth Nuclear Summit (SSAYNS) has said that combating climate change will require an expansion of nuclear power.
Speaking during the first Sub-Saharan Africa Youth Nuclear Summit with the theme: “Frontiers in Nuclear”in Abuja, Mbazor Jeremiah lamented that even though the country has done so much in terms of electricity supply, the road is still far and rough.
He said, ‘’we have come very far in the electricity journey but the road is still far and rough, we need energy to refuel and re-fire. Our fossil sources have not helped our environment and the climate change is a present reality we must respond with drastic working option – the nuclear option’’.
Quoting the World Nuclear Association (WNA), Jeremiah said, nuclear power provides over 10% of the world’s electricity, and 18% of electricity in The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.
‘’Almost all reports on future energy supply from major organisations suggest an increasing role for nuclear power as an environmentally benign way of producing reliable electricity on a large scale’’, Jeremiah said.
While stressing that Nigeria cannot be left behind, he added that Europe, America, Asia had their fair share of nuclear energy’s contribution for their socio-economic development but were able to overcome it through determination and focus.
‘’Africa is the next great frontier in nuclear technology, South Africa has done it, Egypt is doing it East Africa is also coming strong. We Nigeria cannot be left behind, the young one in Nigeria, the life blood and energy for the future are saying we need to go peacefully nuclear.
‘’we are at the cusps of the 4th industrial revolution and Africa cannot be left behind. We have the benefit of leap-fronging into the future nuclear age by applying new technologies to advancing our society to a better place.
SMRS create the opportunity provided they are tested and proven. Let us take this summit as a chance to lift our nation to the next level by applying our minds well to the best methods, sessions, talks and networks. We need to move to the next level, the nuclear level, the next great frontier in nuclear technology is Africa and if Africa, it must be Nigeria, it is your time’’, he added.