The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) has signed a pact with the University of Abuja on building capacity for developing nuclear energy for peaceful applications.
Signing the memorandum of Understanding in Abuja, yesterday, the Managing Director of NAEC, Mr Erepamo Osaisai, said that the long term agreement “is for developing human resources on nuclear technology development.”
He said that the University of Abuja was the sixth educational institution it has had similar pact with to train students and grow capacity in nuclear technology development.
The five universities drawn from each geopolitical zone comprised Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State, South-west, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State, North-west and University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Borno State, North-east.
The others were the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, South-south and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, in the South-east.
NAEC, last year, chose Itu in Akwa Ibom State and Geregu in Kogi State as the sites for its planned phase one nuclear power plants projected to generate about 4,000mw by 2025.
The agency’s Nuclear Technology Centre (NTC) would be affiliated to the university where its facilities would be used for students training and research.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Umale Adikwu, said: “We have an agreement with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology that we can use the facilities in the 17 agencies. We will set up a committee to follow up the MoUs.”