Engineer Safiya Aliyu and Nana Fatima Abdulmalik from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria have become the first female nuclear researchers to get the federal government's license.
The two research fellows who come from the ABU Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) received licenses from the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA).
This was contained in a statement signed by the ABU Director of Public Affairs Directorate, Auwal Umar.
As reported Daily Trust, the license is called the ‘Temporary Reactor Operator License' as Operator Class ‘C’ of a Miniature Neutron Source Research Reactor, (NIRR – 1).'
The approval for the licenses has put the two fellows as the first females to receive the approval in Nigeria.
According to the statement, “The licences were issued under the hand and seal of the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Dr Ya’u Usman Idris, on July 25, 2022.
“Operator Class ‘C’ of a Miniature Neutron Source Research Reactor (NIRR – 1) has as specifications, a tank-in-pool type research reactor of minimal power 34KW and design specifications."
Meanwhile, the Director, ABU Centre for Energy Research and Training, professor S. A Jonah said the development was "worth celebrating", adding that it was an achievement of a milestone for the university in the field of nuclear science and research.
The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) is a regulatory agency of the federal government that regulates activities of nuclear and ionizing radiation in the country.