Oversight of Nigeria Research Reactor

Martin Ogharandukun


The evolution of the legal and regulatory framework for oversight of Nigeria’s First Nuclear Research Reactor (NIRR-1) and the organization of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) are presented along with the development of the guides applied in the licensing of the various stages of NIRR-1. The submission requirements for the authorization of NIRR-1 were appraised. Also, the regulatory oversight process and the fulfillment of the obligations imposed by international nuclear safety conventions and Nigerian participation in international activities for nuclear safety were discussed.


Research reactor; fuel cycle; highly enriched uranium; nuclear material; core conversion; radiation sources; nuclear safety; radiation protection; safeguards; non-proliferation; legal and regulatory infrastructure; neutron activation analysis; inspection.

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