President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Ahmed, a professor of nuclear physics as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC).
The appointment was announced in a statement by Director of Information, office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.
According to the statement, President Buhari relied on the provision of section 4 (1) of the NAEC establishment Act of 1976.
The Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) constructs and maintains nuclear installations to generate electricity, undertake research, educate and train on atomic energy and radioactive substances.
Until his new appointment, Ahmed was the acting chairman of NAEC founded in 1976.
His career in nuclear science and technology began in year 2000 at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria when he joined the Nigeria Research Reactor-1 (NIRR-1) team at the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT).
The new CEO who has served in national and international committees on nuclear safety and security, became a Director and Head of Laboratories at CERT between 2015 and 2019.
The designation, for an initial period of three years, took effect from September 3, 2021.