Dr. Yau Idris Usman, Acting Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) has been unanimously elected the Vice Chairman of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies of Africa (FNRBA). The election was conducted during their plenary meeting held alongside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference on the 19Th of September 2019 in Vienna, Austria.
The Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA) is instrumental in the enhancement, strengthening and harmonization of the radiation protection, nuclear safety and security regulatory infrastructure and framework among its member states. It serves as an effective platform for the exchange of regulatory experiences and practices among the nuclear regulatory bodies in Africa.
Membership is open to African states with established nuclear regulatory bodies. Members include Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The FNRBA collaborates with partner organizations from the following countries: Canada, European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russian Federation, Spain, Tunisia and the United States America.
FNRBA has been in existence since March of 2009.
In another development, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Kaduna Zonal Council bestowed an award on the Acting Director General/CEO, Dr. Y. U. Idris. This was in recognition of his unwavering support and commitment towards workers welfare and condition of service.
The award was presented to him by the Kaduna Zonal Council Chairman, Comrade Kingsley Ajoku. The upliftment of workers condition of service is one of the cardinal objectives of the PENGASSAN.