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Nuclear energy: Kogi, Chinese govts discuss partnership

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 Nuclear energy Kogi Chinese govts discuss partnership
Nuclear energy: Kogi, Chinese govts discuss partnership

1 Mr Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Nigeria, says China is keen on exploring viable areas of partnerships with Nigeria, with interest in nuclear energy.

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2 Cui made this known on Monday in Lokoja when he was received by Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi at the Government House, noting that the Kogi is a key state of interest for the partnership.

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3 He said that his key interest as Ambassador was to facilitate China’s investment and also utilise China’s technology for the benefit of Nigeria and certain states like Kogi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Cui was accompanied by a delegation from the China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC).

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4 Cui said he was hopeful that the meeting would birth a historical moment, where the CNNC would be able to establish one of its two Proposed Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) in the state.

5 He said that the establishment of a nuclear energy plant would further attract investment to the state, improve its infrastructure, tax revenue, job creation and attract vast social economic developments.

6 “China is a leading reference in areas of modern infrastructures amongst the international community.

7 “Although Nigeria and China have enjoyed good relationship and have achieved a lot, and states like Kogi could also benefit from China’s vested interest.

8 “In the areas of modern infrastructure, Information Communication Technology, industry, investments and opportunities.

9 “I am also hopeful that China, which is the world’s largest consumption market, could in the nearest future have a policy where Nigeria, particularly states like Kogi, could export more products into the Chinese market,” Cui said.

10 He said that the Embassy would also work towards establishing a department of Nuclear Energy at the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, and other institutions in the state.

11 This, the envoy noted, will be part of the Embassy’s plans to nurture local breed in the field.

12 Cui also urged the Kogi government to, in a similar vein, encourage and facilitate some of its young engineering talents for exchange programmes in the country.

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