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Russia to set up nuclear centre in Nigeria

The bilateral agreement for the centre’s establishment is expected to be signed in June. (Image Source: RatherAnonymous/Flickr)

Nigeria and Russia plan to sign an agreement for the establishment of a multifunctional scientific research nuclear centre in the West African country

The announcement was made by the Russian ambassador to Nigeria, Nikolay Udovichenko, in Lagos at the alumni congress of the Soyuznik alumni association in Nigeria, which was held with the theme ‘Harnessing the potentials of the Nigerian graduates of higher institutions of former USSR states’.

Udovichenko said that the two governments had been negotiating for the centre’s establishment and that the bilateral agreement for it is expected to be signed in June this year. The envoy also said that his government was working at reactivating its trade representation in Nigeria, to further promote trade and economic relations between the two countries.

“Bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Russia is blessed with huge potential in every avenue. Nuclear energy development is another area with good prospects for our countries’ cooperation,” he added.

Udovichenko also announced the Russian government's plan to sustain the scholarship programme for more Nigerians in Russia. Speaking at the congress, he said that thousands of Nigerians had over the years benefited from quality education in Russia and added that it was imperative for such Nigerians to use their knowledge for the development of their country, as well as strengthening ties with the Russians.