Russia’s ROSATOM Steps Up Training Of Nigerian Youths On Nuclear Technologies
5 September 2019 |

On the photo: Winning teams of the Youth Video Competition; “Atoms Empowering Africa”, which took place this year in Sub-Saharan Africa, visited Russia in November 2018 accompanied by journalists from top media houses of the region to study the opportunities offered to get higher education in the field of nuclear energy in the Russian Federation

Leading global giant in nuclear technologies, ROSATOM has sustained its African tailored policy of raising the next generation of nuclear energy technology experts in Nigeria.

Already, ROSATOM, the Russia’s state-run nuclear energy corporation, has invited students and young professionals across Nigeria to partake in the fifth edition of its annual online video competition.

Coming as “Atoms for Africa”, the competition is also facilitated by EnerConnect as well as the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) and South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS).

Billed to run up until September 30, 2019, this edition is devoted towards supporting interest in nuclear research and capabilities among young Nigerian and African scientists at large.  Participants are required to research how innovative use of nuclear technologies can assist in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in Africa.

Besides, competing students will have to make a short video about their findings on the topic and share on Facebook.

A two stage judging process will be used to sel ect the winning teams, an independent jury made up of nuclear professionals and experts on sustainability topics will sel ect the top ten videos and the general public will be invited to vote for the best video on the Rosatom Africa Facebook page.

The award ceremony will take place within 2 African Nuclear Youth Summits to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in early October 2019.

Competitors who created the top two videos will win an all-expenses paid trip to Russia in November 2019. The trip to Russia for winning teams will include visits to well-known Moscow landmarks, Russia’s state-of-the-art nuclear facilities, top nuclear universities as well as other scientific and technological facilities. The winners will also meet African students currently studying various nuclear disciplines in Russia.

Recall, last year, a Nigerian, Ugenyi Igbokwe, was among the finalists – beating other participants from across Africa.

Underscoring ROSATOM’s commitment towards nurturing young professionals in the field of Nuclear energy and it’s other adaptations, Dmitry Shornikov, CEO, ROSATOM Central and Southern Africa said: “One of our key missions at ROSATOM is to assist the brightest young minds fr om across the globe to work together in solving global challenges that will shape the future of energy and the world as we know it”.

He added: “This is a great opportunity for young people fr om very different walks of life who share a common passion to build a bright and sustainable future for Africa to discover more about various nuclear applications and their vast benefits for the region”.

Business Hilights recalls that the federal government of Nigeria had signed an agreement with Russia’s ROSATOM for the construction of nuclear power plants and a nuclear research centre in Nigeria.


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