Nigeria has canvased to be designated Center of Excellence in the area of nuclear training.
The Minister of Science of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. made the call when the Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology of the International Atomic Energy paid him a courtesy call on 12 December, 2018 in Abuja.
According to Dr. Onu Nigeria has the wherewithal to host the training Centers in Africa given its strides in Atomic energy research. The Minister further said Nigeria will be too willing to partner the International Atomic Energy in other areas of capacity building in atomic energy
Dr.Onu also said that Atomic Energy is Vital for development of any nation , adding that it has so many peaceful applications, especially in medical industry, education and in many fields of human endeavor.
The Minister also told the visiting IAEA Chief of Nigeria’s determination and efforts to entrench a knowledge-based economy through value addition to exportable raw materials while ensuring that research findings and made relevant to industrial needs.
Earlier, the Director, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology of the International Atomic Energy, Mr. Christopher Xeri, said that the agency intended to lay good foundation in science and technology through capacity building to move Nigeria and Africa in general one step forward.
Head: Press & Public Relations Unit
12 December 2018