By Prince Osuagwu
Professionals, future and current nuclear leaders from across Africa recently gathered in St Petersburg to attend the joint conference between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Russian nuclear provider, Rosatom.
The attendees met to discuss insights on nuclear power on the continent and gain an overview of the nuclear sector in the global context.
Experts from the IAEA international office and Rosatom shared their experiences and best practices regarding technical, legal, financial and societal aspects of national nuclear programs.
The course introduced the participants to a range of topics on the use of nuclear energy, such as nuclear infrastructure development, safety culture management, advances in reactor technologies and nuclear knowledge management. The Joint Rosatom-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School (NEMS) is committed to transferring decades of management experience and knowledge to professionals from countries looking to develop nuclear power.
Through the NEMS, Rosatom is dedicated to helping countries fully maximize their potential in the nuclear sector.
In Nigeria Rosatom has been working with organisations such as the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission to further develop the industry.
Speaking at the conclusion of the training programme, Principal Scientific Officer of the NAEC, Mr Augustine Benni, said: “The Nuclear Energy Management School is a much needed initiative. The format and structure of this training has covered all 19 infrastructure issues, with the IAEA experts providing guidelines, and the Rosatom experts sharing their practical knowledge of actual technical utilization of the examples.
“More than this, I really appreciated the avenues for knowledge-trasfer that are present, through meeting of some of the greatest minds in nuclear technology advancement.” He added.
Rosatom, apart from joint projects, is committed to preparing more than 300 students from 37 countries, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia, to take up roles in their local nuclear sectors in Russia.