The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed plans to build nuclear power plants in Kogi and Akwa Ibom states and cautiously apply nuclear energy to meet agriculture needs in the country.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said Nuclear energy would bridge the gap to enhance agriculture as well as other sectors in the country such as health, manufacturing and education.

“Nuclear power is considered a prominent alternative and a more environmentally beneficial solution since it emits far less greenhouse gases during electricity generation than coal or other traditional power plants”, he expressed.

He also said the Federal Government had started making arrangements with the Russian State Nuclear Corporation, Rosatom, to actualise its dream of application of nuclear energy.

The Minister added that Rosatom will prepare the agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant while Nigeria would in turn prepare an agreement on the development of the project which would determine further steps on the construction of the nuclear power plant in the country.