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         Our
 Achievements

Despite persistent inadequate funding and other constraints the unshakable resolve of the highly dynamic workforce of our Centre has ensured that significant contributions are constantly made.  In this section, we attempt to summarise a few of the milestones recorded by CERD especially in the last 10 years.

  • We are particularly pleased to mention here that a significant fraction of the accelerator installation work carried out so far had been initiated and executed by CERD’s scientists, engineers and technologists with some technical assistance from IAEA experts in that field.  In addition to the Tandem Accelerator, we have also installed a number of functional nuclear analytical equipment, which are necessarily complementary to the accelerator.  Some of these include: an Atomic absorption Spectrometer (AAS), a tube-excited X-Ray Fluorescence system (XRF), a hyper-pure Germanium based Gamma Spectrometer, Neutron Generator and A TLD readout system.
  • Apart form accelerator installation and infrastructural development, CERD has, in the last decade, concentrated on assay of medical and environmental samples for elemental and radioactivity analysis.  Using samples irradiated in our neutron generator laboratory, samples such as human breast milk, coal samples from various coal mines in the country and a fluorite deposit in the Benue region of Nigeria have been analysed for the major, minor and trace elements in them.  These efforts have led to the training of a number of post-graduate students in physics in this University.  Further progress is therefore expected in this line of research in the nearest future, especially with the kind of development envisaged in the solid mineral sector of the national economy.
  • Significantly too, we have performed a lot of low-level analysis of some soil, vegetation, water and air samples in some parts of Nigeria.  Data so obtained will form a part of the databank on baseline radioactivity levels for the country.  This data is very important in policy decision making during trans-boundary radiological emergencies.  We have also consistently been interested in monitoring food items imported into Nigeria, especially in the wake of the Chernobyl reactor accident few years ago.  Furthermore, we have published work on elemental constituents of the various coal deposits in Nigeria from this laboratory and radioactivity measurement in Jos tin mines have also been reported.
  • In the context of capacity building in the area of nuclear science and technology, CERD in 1995, was commissioned to train some staffers of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in areas of determination of radioactivity contamination in foods and drugs.  This training programme was successfully executed within our relevant laboratories.
  • Similarly, within the University, the Centre has been contributing to academic, teaching and training programmes in the various cognate faculties such as Science, Technology and Social Sciences.
  • The case of technologically enhanced radioactivity in the environment in Nigeria had been a major issue for a long while.  For instance, a reference case is that of an abandoned mine in Egbe, Kogi State.  The abnormally high level of radioactivity that existed in the area was discovered by our radiation monitoring team a few years back while on an assignment to Ajaokuta.  This case was duly reported to Kwara State Ministry of Health and later to its Kogi State successors.  About the same time, a team of experts from the CERD investigated a case of radioactivity spillage due to an aircraft crash somewhere in Ilorin.  The advice given at the completion of the exercise saved a situation that could have resulted in a widespread radioactivity contamination at the Ilorin Airport and its environs.  In the same vein, the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology had also commissioned us, to investigate an alleged dumping of radioactive waste at the Ajaokuta Steel Mills.  This was successfully carried out and the report submitted to the Ministry.  On invitation by the Federal Government, CERD experts were also responsible for monitoring the chemical waste dump in Koko village and established that it was a toxic non-radioactive matter.  Also, recently, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency requested the assistance of experts from CERD in monitoring an alleged shipment of toxic wastes for possible radioactivity.
  • CERD has also demonstrated our overwhelming capability of monitoring the country’s oil industry for sources of elevated naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and their workers for possible exposure to ionizing radiation.  We are proud to mention here that we are currently providing such services to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.
  • Our fully computerized Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) has been in operation for only about 24months.  Over this short period, elemental analysis has been carried out on samples of environmental, industrial, petrochemical, agricultural, geological and clinical origins.  Apart from the generation of a number of scientific publications put in press, over N500,000 has been generated to the coffers of CERD through a semi-commercialization of this single atomic analytical research tool.
  • The recently established informatics laboratory at CERD is equipped with top of the range personal computers that were assembled in-house, and networked using the expertise of our members.  The laboratory also has facilities for E-mail system.
  • The Energy and Environment Analysis Group of CERD provides the leading edge in Energy/Environment related matters in the country.  Since inception many years ago, the group has been in the fore-front of various energy policy formulations and made significant inputs into what is now considered the National Energy Policy documents.  In the last 10 years, the group has been involved in mapping out energy master plan for the country.  The group also provides consultancy services on various energy-related issues of global interest.  Some of our notable clients include many national and international organizations such as FEPA, NPC, African Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, European Economic Community (EEC), amongst others.

Also See
          History
          Our Objectives
          Some of our recent achievements
          Our Relevance
          Our Five-Year Mission
          Strategic Approach for the Millennium
          Statutory Bodies

    




Francisca weds Sejlo Gbenu
on Saturday May 2,2009

CERD Acquires Analytical Software on PIXE/PIGE