Community Development Advocacy Foundation (CODAF) has warned the Federal Government to learn from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and put a halt to the proposed nuclear energy project. This statement was made following the reaction of CODAF through the Executive Director, Benin Richard from an emergency meeting at the head Office, Ughelli Delta State on the earlier proposition made by the Federal Government on increasing electricity generation to 4,000MW using nuclear energy, in a statement of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu which was published by The Punch News paper on the 17th day of March 2016 in page 28.
The Executive Director of CODAF said President Buhari led administration has adopted Nuclear Energy as an option to meeting the electricity needs of Nigerians. He said Nigeria lack the capacity and the technical knowhow to generate electricity from Nuclear Energy because of the danger and risk involved.
He said the Fukushima nuclear disaster is a clear indication that nuclear reactors are dangerous. Such disaster will not only result to significant environmental damage, impairments of the health of populations and the nation’s economy, but a total black out that Nigeria will not recover from for years. Stating further, he noted that people around where the project will be located will be at greater risk which will be greater than what those at the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta are currently suffering from.
Richard, noted that a serious government that love his people will invest in more beneficial projects that will favour the masses not the one that will put the masses to greater risk than what they are currently passing through. He said there will be more cancer risks in the country if Nigeria embraced the project.
He stated that the only energy option that will gain general acceptance is investing in renewable energy like solar. “Solar energy in Nigeria will promote energy democracy and efficiency is subsidies for the masses. Nigerians have longed been generating their own electricity through the use of generating sets like “I better pass my neighbor” because the government can only meet 3% of their energy needs daily.And if the federal government can investment more on cleaner energies (solar, wind and energy from waste) more jobs will be created and Nigeria commitment to tackle climate change will be realized, Benin, noted”.
CODAF Boss reiterated that the need for energy transition from dirty energy to renewable is paramount to tackling climate change and generating green jobs for the youths. Many Nigerian youths have already learned solar energy installations and coupling as a way of generating income for them and in bridging the unemployment gap, he said.
He further called on the federal government to establish industries that can employ Nigerians and train them to be independent, and in doing so the APC led government would have been close to achieving the 3, millions jobs yearly they promised Nigerians during their electioneering campaign.