Dr. Nasiru-Deen Adebayo Bello is currently a General Manager in the NNRA and he is responsible for Nuclear Safety, Physical Security and Safeguards matters. He had his formal education in Abuja, Ibadan and Jos. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree (2015) in Analytical chemistry from the University of Abuja, Master of Science, with Distinction (1995) in Analytical Chemistry from University of Ibadan and a First Class Honours Bachelors degree in Applied Chemistry (1991) from University of Jos. He is also a holder of Postgraduate Diploma in Radiation and Medical Physics (2018) from Nasarawa State University.
He commenced his career as a Lecturer at the Federal College of Chemical and Leather Technology, Zaria in 2001 and joined the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in July 2002 as one of the pioneer technical staff. His initial responsibilities included establishing regulatory control programme for all the practices in the country. These also included establishment of regulations and guidance documents and internalizing regulatory process and procedure for the Authority. This has seen him attended various IAEA events and programme including Fellowships, training, workshop, technical meetings amongst others. Dr. Bello had specialized professional training in research reactor safety, nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation issues and nuclear security and has been responsible for the authorization, inspection and enforcement activities with regard to the Nigerian Nuclear Research Reactor (NIRR-1), the State Systems of Accounting for and Control of Nuclear Material (SSAC) and establishment and implementation of nuclear security systems for nuclear installations and facilities in the country. Furthermore, he has since 2003 coordinated the IAEA/AFRA Project in Nuclear Security in Nigeria and has seen to the implementation of the Basic Ordering Agreement between the NNRA and US DOE Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) Programme in Nigeria since 2005.
As a Consultant to the IAEA, Dr. Bello has participated as Member of the International Nuclear Security Advisory Mission (INSServ) to Republic of Tanzania (2003) and as Reviewer on the Integrated Regulatory Review Service Missions to Botswana (February 2008) and Sierra Leone (May 2008). He is also a Resource person at national and international trainings, workshops and seminars and has presented papers at international conferences and meetings. Furthermore, Dr. Bello was a Member of the IAEA Review team of the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP) to Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon. He represents Nigeria in the IAEA Nuclear Security Guidance Committee since 2016 and was Vice Chair of the Working Group on Coordination and Cooperation of the International Network of Nuclear Security Support Centres (NSSC) from 2015 to 2018. He is also Nigeria’s representative on the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA) Technical Working Group on Nuclear Safety Regulation. He represents the NNRA on the Standing Committee of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and other countries on Oil and gas sector. He was recently nominated to represent the NNRA on the Working Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Infrastructure of the Joint Coordination Committee for the Implementation of Intergovernmental Agreements for Cooperation in the field of Nuclear Technology between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Russian Federation.
His present responsibility includes establishing and implementing safety, security and safeguards infrastructure for regulating nuclear power plants in Nigeria. He is also responsible for the regulatory control of nuclear research reactors and physical security of nuclear and other radioactive material in Nigeria
Dr. Bello was a two times holder of the Vice Chancellor’s University Scholar Award (1988 and 1990). He received several prizes having graduated as the best student in the Department of Chemistry and Faculty of Natural Sciences in 1991. In 2007, he was awarded the Director General’s award for the best Regulatory Officer in the NNRA.
He is a member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria and the World Institute of Nuclear Security (WINS).