Nigeria to get nuclear by 2020

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Nigeria to get nuclear by 2020

The Nigerian government says the country would have to wait until the year 2020 before it can enjoy power from nuclear energy, reports Vanguard.

Government says it has begun deployment of the nuclear power plants following approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Minister of Science and Technology, Prof Mohammed Kaoje Abubakar, was speaking during a meeting of the African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, in Abuja.

“In the area of deploying atomic energy for electricity generation, I wish to inform you that Nigeria has made a firm commitment and has started the implementation of a nuclear power programme, which will lead to the injection of nuclear electricity into the national grid by the year 2020.”

Hi-tech equipment for port

The Tanzania International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has received new equipment expected to greatly enhance the company's cargo clearance from the Dar es Salaam port, which has often attracted criticism from businessmen due to congestion, writes Dredging Today.

The equipment, comprising a new panamax quay crane and two new gantry cranes, is part of TICTS' $19 million investment in the expansion of its operations equipment and IT systems. The delivery of the state-of-the-art machinery adds to the growing optimism for better cargo clearance.

Prior to the latest developments, the Tanzania Revenue Authority and the Investment Climate Facility for Africa signed a 15-month agreement that aims to better operations at the port, which is an important gateway for landlocked countries in the region such as Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and the DRC.

Canada to fund science development

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has tabled new federal funding of 20 million CDN to speed the growth of science and technology capacity in Africa by developing the talent of its brightest young minds through the Next Einstein Initiative, reports Peace FM Online.

In a statement, Harper describes the funding as a central element of a partnership among universities, private sector and African governments that were focused on establishing new centres in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Senegal.

“To remain at the forefront of the global economy, we must invest in the people and ideas that will produce tomorrow's breakthroughs,” said Harper.“

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