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 had 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 Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), as created by Act 46 of 1976 (as amended by Cap N91 LFN, 2004), is the national focal agency charged with the responsibility for the promotion of the development of atomic energy and for all matters relating to the peaceful use of atomic energy. NAEC was activated and became fully operational in July, 2006 under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, by the appointment of its pioneer Director-General/Chief Executive Officer Dr Erepamo Franklin Osaisai.
However, in March 2011, Mr. President approved the reconstitution of NAEC, as an independent and self-accounting Commission to operate within the Presidency, by the appointment of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and six Members/Commissioners in consonance with Section 4(1) of NAEC’s enabling Act. This executive decision by Mr. President was made in order to strategically position the Commission to successfully deliver its core mandate so as to strengthen government’s commitment towards achieving long-term broad-based socio-economic growth in the country as envisioned in the key objectives of the national and regional aspirations such as NEEDS, NEPAD, MDG and SDG, amongst others.