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Nigeria To Develop Nuclear Science – and nuclear power – Despite plague of terrorism and corruption

 

Boko Haram was relatively unknown and did not have the capacity, means or network needed to orchestrate any serious attacks in Nigerian until it was hijacked by foreign backers and some disgruntled local politicians who have so far provided training, weapons and cash to some local extremists who are presently in hiding and directing attacks.

July 1, 2014 – 10:09pm | By Elizabeth Embu

http://www.dailytimes.com.ng/article/nigeria-develop-nuclear-science

Vice President Namadi Sambo has stated that Nigeria has ventured into developing nuclear science in the country for rapid socio-economic development

He was speaking in his office at the State House Abuja when he received the visiting Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mr. Kweku Aning who paid him a courtesy call.

The vice president noted that the importance of the Nuclear energy could not be overemphasized as Nigeria was developing her nuclear science. He said that with a vast population, there was the need to develop the country’s nuclear science to optimal utilization for, growth and development in all sectors of the economy.

Earlier, Mr. Kweku Aning had taken time to elaborate on the areas of cooperation between IAEA and the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission. Having stressed the importance of the nuclear technology in saving life and supporting credible performance in all sectors, he added that they were in cooperation with Nigeria in the Health sector as most people believed that HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis were the greatest health challenges in developing countries but that cancer being a complicated disease is expensive to diagnose and claims about 4.8 million people annually compared to HIV/AIDS 2.1million, malaria 700,000 and tuberculosis 900,000.

He noted that the normal standard for the diagnostic facility is one for 500,000 people and that everyone involved in this specialized technology; the doctors, nurses and other support staff must be specially trained.

Other areas he elaborated on were areas of cooperation including food and agriculture, which technology could develop species that were resistant to certain pests, the use of radiation to extend or preserve the lifespan of food products.

On nuclear power, he noted that Nigeria had energy deficit which needed to be filled and that they were working with his colleagues in the Atomic Energy Commission to provide the enabling environment for ensuring protection and emergencies. He added that they were working together on technology that could determine the magnitude of water resources on the ground weather it is fossil or replenished water.

Present at the meeting were Dr Erepamo Asaisai, Prof Mathew Agu, Bello Abdul Gamawa and Bakori Idris all of the Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC). Others were Musugeta Amha of IAEA and Abimbola Raji Counselor, Nigeria Embassy Mission in Vienna Austria.


 

Breaking News Former President Is Boko Haram Backer – Source

http://www.nairaland.com/804105/breaking-news-former-president-boko

Boko Haram, the extremist Nigerian Islamic group, operating in Northern Nigeria is being financed and backed by a former Prime Minister and President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Reports has gathered from a top security source. The 70-year-old Sunni Muslim, who ruled Mauritania both as Prime Minister and Pres, ident before he was ousted in 2005 by a military coup has been identified by Nigerian intelligence services as a key facilitator, motivator and backer of the faction of the radical group which says it wants full Islamic law enthroned in all northern states in Nigeria.

The faction has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings and several attacks in the north targeting the military, police formations and Christians. The sect a few days ago during the Sallah holiday out of frustration attacked churches and Christians in the New Jerusalem area of Damaturu, Yobe State after Nigerian intelligence services thwarted plots to blow up prime targets in Abuja and Maiduguri. The former soldier, who was a strong ally of the United States, France and Israel during his reign, has lived in Doha, Qatar with his family since August 22, 2005, after he was offered asylum in the Arab state, We gathered. The former President according to our source has been coordinating with senior elements of an Arab country in the Middle East and some sympathetic Nigerian interests to destabilize Nigeria in order to enthrone Islam in the entire north.

However, Nigerian intelligence officials alongside those of Britain and the United States have in the last few months been gathering specific intelligence on the operations of the sect including its cross border channels in Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic. Specifically, officials have been trailing sources of funds, expertise and sophisticated weapons being used by members of the sect. My source declined to go into details when we pressed for specifics, but hinted that security chiefs are close to piecing all the loose ends together following the arrest and successful repatriation of some Nigerian radical extremists from Pakistan and Libya, who are giving useful information to intelligence officials.

The Algerian government Sunday announced that it has credible intelligence that Boko Haram has linked up with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) which has its North African headquarters in Algeria. Deputy Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel told journalists that intelligence report show both groups have been coordinating. We have no doubts that coordination exists between Boko Haram and al Qaeda, Messahel said. The United States is presently providing key training in counter-terrorism to Nigerian military personal while France has also pledged support for Nigeria to ensure the sect is defeated.

Boko Haram was relatively unknown and did not have the capacity, means or network needed to orchestrate any serious attacks in Nigerian until it was hijacked by foreign backers and some disgruntled local politicians who have so far provided training, weapons and cash to some local extremists who are presently in hiding and directing attacks.

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