Buhari Appoints ABU Professor as New NAEC Chairman/CEO

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Ahmed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) for an initial period of three years.

The appointment was confirmed in a statement signed by Director of Information for the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, and obtained by The Abusites late Friday.

Mr Ahmed’s appointment is expected to take effect from 3 September , 2021.

The statement reads in part: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Yusuf Aminu Ahmed as Chairman/CEO of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) for an initial term of three (3) years in accordance with the provision of section 4 (1) of the NAEC establishment Act of 1976.”

NAEC was established in 1976 with the mandate to construct and maintain nuclear installations for the purpose of generating electricity, undertake research into matters relating to the peaceful use of atomic energy as well as educate and train persons in matters with respect to atomic energy and radioactive substances, among others.

Who is Professor Ahmed Yusuf: New NAEC CEO

Professor Ahmed is a professor of Nuclear Physics with several years of research in nuclear instrumentation and spectrometry. Until the appointment, he was the acting chairman of NAEC.

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Yusuf Ahmed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC)
Professor Yusuf Ahmed: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC)

Born in Yola, Adamawa State in 1970, Prof. Ahmed holds a B.Tech (Physics), MSc and PhD (Nuclear Physics) with specialization in Nuclear Instrumentation and Spectrometry.

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He has received trainings from various international laboratories on Reactor Physics, Nuclear Data, Nuclear Safety, Radioisotopes Production, Waste Management, Decommissioning and Radio Analytical Techniques.

He started his career in nuclear science and technology in year 2000 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria as part of the academic staff team of the Nigeria Research Reactor-1(NIRR-1) at the Center for Energy Research and Training (CERT).

He rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Nuclear Physics in 2017 and Director and Head of Laboratories of the Center (2015-2019). He has served in various national and international committees on nuclear safety and security.

Until his present appointment, he was the Director (Special Duties) of the Commission, Secretary of AFRA-IAEA Program Management Committee, Steering Committee Member of the International Working Group on Advancing Insider Threat Mitigation and Member of the Joint Working Group of the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification.

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Prof. Ahmed is an Associate Member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologist in Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Human and Natural Resources and Member of the Nigerian Institute of Physics.

He is married with four children.

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