National Atomic Energy Commission

In Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Yusuf A. Ahmed (Phd)

Director and Head of Laboratories,

Center for Energy Research and Training, (Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

The historical development of Nuclear Research Programme in Ahmadu Bello University is an account of the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria through pronouncements that empowered the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to mount a targeted programme for research and development in peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. It is also an account of the efforts of the different administrations of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with the support of the then Military Government and the collaborative efforts of some international organisations such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, the International Science Program (ISP) at University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, and the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) , Germany, to the development of nuclear science research in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The documentation also gives a detailed account of the human resource and infrastructural development effort of the programme in the last thirty year.

Center for Energy Research & Training. | Brief History

The Federal government selection of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as a Centre of Excellence in nuclear technology in 1976, and subsequent enactment of decrees No. 46 (1976), No. 62 (1979) and the amendments therein, No. 32 (1988) and No. 19 (1989) and the decree No. 19 (1995) were the catalysts that gave impetus to the establishment of Nuclear Science Research Programme in Ahmadu Bello University. The Nuclear science programme in ABU commenced with the inauguration of the Nuclear Science Programme Steering Committee (NSPSC) that initiated a lot of spade of works including awareness programme on Nuclear Science, recruitment of personnel for the Nuclear programme, training and retraining of personnel, development of infrastructures acquisition of pieces of equipment for the Nuclear Programme and development of policy guidelines that laid a solid foundation for the programme.

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Vision and Mission Statement

To promote the application of Nuclear Science and Technology by providing facilities for training of Nigerians and other African countries for the development of Agriculture, Health, Mineral Resources, Industries, Power Supply and other sectors of Nigerian economy; to provide high level training and development of highly trained, skilled personnel in collaboration with the international communities/agencies; to conduct research in Nuclear Science and technology for the advancement of knowledge.

  • Facilities for training of Nigerians and other African countries, Development of Agriculture, Health, Mineral Resources, Industries, Power, Supply, Provide high level training and development of highly trained, skilled personnel

Early manpower development efforts took place at the Department of Physics. The development of physical and Research facilities started with construction of Material Science and the Neutron Generator Laboratory. With the allocation of land for the permanent site and appointment of Consultants, the construction work on the permanent site commenced in the early 80s...

CERT has developed a range of high quality specialized Nuclear Science and radiation-based products to satisfy the demands of its numerous clients across the country. CERT product and services include analytical services, personnel radiation monitoring, environmental pollution monitoring, radiotracer application in industries, health and nutrition studies, Soil fertility ...

Over the years research continues to be the central focus of the Centre. Researches conducted include commissioned projects from the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, research programmes undertaken by the Sections of the Centre, thus fulfilling the Mandate of the Centre, individual research work undertaken by members of staff as well as project supervision


Our Sections & Office of the Director

Dosimetry Services


  • 1. AKON AZU INSPT. & NDT SERVICES Effurun Warri 1996 – 2000
  • 2. OZMA NIG. LTD Effurun, Warri 1996 – date
  • 3. USMAN DAN-FODIO UNIV. TEACH. HOSP. Sokoto 1998 – 2000
  • 4. KAD. REFINING & PETROCHEM. CO. LTD Kaduna 1998 – 2005
  • 5. NATIONAL EYE CENTRE Kaduna 2000 – 2003
  • 7. NATIONAL HOSPITAL ABUJA Garki Abuja 2000 – 2005
  • 8. OGHENE X-RAY CENTRE Warri 2000 – date
  • 9. ALLIED INSPETION SERVICES LTD. Rumuogba, Obio, Port Harcourt 2002 – date
  • 10. NZOTTA VENTURES LTD Lagos/Aba 2002 – date
  • 11. UNIVERSITY OF JOS TEACHING HOSP. Jos, Plateau State 2002 – date
  • 12. BAKET NIG. LTD. Effurun 2003 - 2005
  • 13. FED. MED. CENTRE Bida. 2003 – date
  • 14. FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTRE Lokoja, Kogi State 2003 – date
  • 15. UNI. OF ILORIN TEACHING HOSPITAL Ilorin 2003 - date
  • 16. PUEDIN TECHNICAL LTD OB/OBONE LGA, Rivers State. 2004 – date
  • 17. UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS TEACHING HOSP. Lagos. 2004 – date
  • 18. AHMADU BELLO UNI.TEACHING HOSP. Shika-Zaria. 2005 – date
  • 19. AMINU KANO TEACHING. HOSPITAL. Zaria Road, Kano. 2005 – date
  • 20. BAPTIST. MED. CENTRE Ogbomoso, 2005 – date
  • 21. KAL NIG LTD Challenge Ibadan. 2005 – date
  • 22. ABITECH INVESTMENT LTD Rumuoibekwe Village Port Harct 2006 – date
  • 23. BLUEVELD NIG. LTD Rumoudore, Port Harcourt. 2006 – date
  • 24. HENAN PETROLEUM CO. LTD Victoria Island, Lagos. 2006 – date
  • 25. ADL INSPECTION. SERVICES LTD Rumuodara, Port Harcourt. 2007
  • 26. FEDERAL. MEDICAL. CENTRE Gombe 2007
  • 27. ELEME PETROCHEM. COMPANY. LTD. Alasa Eleme Port Harcourt UN
  • 28. INSPECTION & TESTS (NIG) LTD Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt State. UN
  • 29. TEMEC NIG. LTD Ikoyi Lagos UN
  • 30. UFOR HOSPITAL Ughelli, Delta State. UN
  • 32. WADAMS TECH. SERVICES LTD Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt. UN
  • 33. KIN-SUGI NIG. LTD. Ajao Estate, Lagos. UN

Workplace Shielding Integrity Evaluation


  • 2 GENERAL HOSPITAL Katsina 2006
  • 3 GENERAL HOSPITAL Kankia 2006
  • 4 GENERAL HOSPITAL Mani 2006
  • 5 GENERAL HOSPITAL Daura 2006
  • 6 GENERAL HOSPITAL Dutsen-ma 2006



Staff Portal





The Centre has received numerous scientific and professional experts both within and outside the country since its inception. The visitors in most cases exchange ideas and information towards scientific and technological development of Nuclear Science and Technology, while some are to assess the activities of the Centre.

“Credibly innovate granular internal or "organic" sources whereas high standards in web readiness. Energistically scale future-proof core competencies vis-a-vis impactful experiences. Dramatically synthesize integrated schemas with.

Jerry W. Niewodniczariski

The centre is the proud owner of a research reactor. There is no doubt in my mind that the reactor will be safely operated and maximally utilized for the benefit of the country. On the whole, I am highly impressed and wish CERT Gods blessing as they put Nigeria on the nuclear map of the world.

Prof. E. H. K. Akaho

With my very best wishes for the centre and with the confidence that it will be put to very good use towards accelerating the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

Dr. Mohammed El-Baradei

I am pleased that I have the opportunity to visit the newest research reactor in the world-NIRR-1 in Zaria, Nigeria. The hospitality of CERT is excellent and the cooperation of the staff during the mission was exemplary. I would like also to thank to Prof. Umar for the entire support received during the mission and I hope that the safety aspects of reactor operation will be the main objective of CERT.

Cristina Ciuculesce

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