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Hon. Minister assures Rasatom Overseas on construction of Nuclear Research Centre

The Minister of Higher Education, Processor Nkandu Luo has assured Rosatom Overseas a company that will be constructing the Nuclear Research Center in Zambia that the Government is in full support of the project and will adhere to its promises.

Professor Luo said this when the President of Rosatom Overseas Mr. Evgeny Pakermanov paid a courtesy call on her at her office in Lusaka. She said Government under the Ministry of Higher Education has committed itself and is looking forward to the commencement of the project.

She further explained that the nuclear plant was extremely important to Zambia in Health, Agriculture and the generation of power. “We need to do more in sensitizing our people on the many positives that come with Nuclear Science, knowledge and access to information is powerful, ” Professor Luo said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Pakermanov told the Minister that 85 percent of the resources towards the project has already been sourced and that the Zambian Government, will only contribute 15 percent. He said he was very optimistic and happy with the commitment the Zambian Government has shown over this partnership in the implementation of this project. Mr. Pakermanov says the project would be a success because the Zambian Government has shown interest and willingness to make it succeed.

And the Russian Federation Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Konstatine Kozhanov, said about 70 Zambian students are studying Nuclear Science in Russia and they will be the ones to drive the plant as they are getting the best education in nuclear science. Mr. Kozhanov told the Minister that once in operation the Center for Nuclear Plant, will be the hub for Nuclear Science in Southern Africa. “The plant will be run by Zambians as they would be trained to do so,” he said.

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