Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC)
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The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) was established through the enactment of Act 46 of 1976 as a specialised agency for the promotion and development of nuclear technology. It has the mandate to develop the framework and technical pathway to explore, exploit and harness atomic energy for peaceful application in all its ramifications for the socio-economic development of Nigeria
The objective of NAEC is among others:
To streamline, harmonise, promote and coordinate research and development activities for capacity building and infrastructure development in nuclear technology.
Fast-track and catalyse the process of development and deployment of nuclear power plants for electricity generation in Nigeria.
About Us and Our mission
History of the Commission
Following the enactment of NAEC Act in 1976, the Federal Government, in 1978 established two university based research and training centres; Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD) at the Obafemi Awolowo University, then University of Ife, Ile-Ife and Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
These centres have the mandates to conduct researches, develop and train manpower in nuclear technology, engineering and sciences. The Nuclear Technology Centre (SHESTCO) at Sheda, Abuja was established in 1988 as the third training and research centre in nuclear technology. Two centres were also established by NAEC in 2010; these are Centre for nuclear energy studies, University of Portharcourt, and Centre for nuclearenergy training & research, university of maiduguri.
Specifically, the country’s plan is to develop nuclear technology for application in medical and human health, food and agriculture, management of water resources and energy sector among others.
The Federal Government has subsequently endorsed the nuclear roadmap that consists of a three phase technical framework developed by the Commission. That roadmap entails generation of at least 1,000Megawatts of electricity through nuclear power plant by 2017 and increase the capacity to 4,000MWe by 2027.
Dr Franklin Erepamo Osaisai-Director-General of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission
Goals and Objectives
NAEC’s primary goal entails the provision of the pathway to explore, exploit and harness atomic energy for peaceful applications in the quest for the socio-economic development of Nigeria. This, expectedly, would be done in conformity with the economic policies of the Federal Government. Those objectives that are relevant to the attainment of this goal are listed as follows:
(i) To streamline, harmonise, promote and coordinate research and development activities for capacity building and infrastructure development in nuclear technology.
(ii)To fast-track and catalyse the process of development and deployment of nuclear power plants for electricity generation in Nigeria, in partnership with the private sector.
(iii)To put in place a comprehensive manpower development programme which includes:
(a) Development and introduction of core training programmes in nuclear science and engineering in selected institutions of higher learning in Nigeria to generate the critical mass of the needed manpower for the nuclear industry.
(b) Develop, network and create opportunities for fellowships and advanced training in nuclear science and technology in international organisations and institutions with advanced facilities in other countries with similar objective to use nuclear technology for peaceful applications only. To develop the requisite legal framework for the use of nuclear power plants in Nigeria within a strict regulatory regime as specified by the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), and in due compliance with the three universal cardinal planks of safety, security and safeguards To liaise with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBO), other international organisations and countries with similar vision for the implementation of the national programmes.
The Board of NAEC is headed by the President as the Chairman. Members of the board are the Ministers of Science and Technology, Energy, Defence, Solid Minerals & Steel and Finance. Others include the National Security Adviser, Special Adviser to the President on Energy, a Nuclear Physicist and the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer is the Secretary of the Board.