President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday inaugurated the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission and charged its members to initiate implementable plans that would deliver atomic energy and ensure peace in the country.
He told members of the commission headed by Dr. Erepamo Osaisai that generating power from atomic energy was part of the federal government’s
long-term bid for ensuring steady power supply in the country.
Jonathan gave the assurance that his administration would ensure that the commission received adequate funding to carry out its task, within the limits of available resources.
He said, “we all know the importance of atomic energy. We have plans to generate power from atomic energy and we must pursue it seriously. But we need a very capable commission to facilitate and regulate our development and use of atomic energy for peace applications.
“I am very pleased, therefore, to inaugurate your commission today. We expect you to come up with time-lines for the delivery of atomic energy to our people and we will give you the resources you need to work. We are very hopeful that with the high calibre and credentials of members of the commission, our expectations will be realised”.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Dr. Osaisai thanked the president for appointing and formally inaugurating the commission said that it was an affirmation of the Jonathan administration’s commitment to the development of atomic energy in Nigeria.
He pledged that members of the commission would work very hard to ensure that nuclear technology was developed in Nigeria.
Members of the commission include Prof. Elijah Mshelia, Prof. Simon Mallam, Prof Mathew Agu, Dr. Imoh Obioh, Mr. Ibrahim S. Mohammed, Mr. Tele Ogunjobi and Ambassador Maria Laose of the Nigerian Embassy in Vienna.
The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission was established by Act 46 of 1976 as a specialised agency for the promotion and development of nuclear technology.
It was reactivated by the Obasanjo administration in 2006 and its present membership was appointed by President Jonathan earlier this year.