China proposes establishment of nuclear plant in Kogi, Nigeria
The Chinese government said it was interested in collaborating with Kogi State for the siting of a nuclear energy plant.
Cui Jianchun, Chinese ambassador to Nigeria stated this on Monday in Lokoja when he was received by Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi at the Government House.
Mr Cui 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.
He was accompanied by a delegation from the China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC).
Mr 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.
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.
“China is a leading reference in areas of modern infrastructures amongst the international community.
“Although Nigeria and China have enjoyed good relationships and have achieved a lot, states like Kogi could also benefit from China’s vested interest.
“In the areas of modern infrastructure, Information Communication Technology, industry, investments and import/exports opportunities.
“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,” Mr Cui said.
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