The Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) has a new Chief Executive Officer. He is Dr. Yau Idris, an expert in nuclear regulation and radiation protection.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva said in a statement on Thursday that President Buhari appointed Dr. Idris as the new Director General of NNRA which took effect from February 19, 2020.

The statement which was signed ob behalf of Sylva by his Special Adviser on Media, Garba Deen, said that the new posting took effect from February 19, 2020.

“In a letter conveying the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment, the HMPR (Sylva) congratulated the new DG and urged him to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in him. The appointment is with effect from 19th February 2019,” the brief statement said.

The new NNRA boss, who has a PhD in Applied Nuclear Physics from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, M.Sc. Physics from the University of Ibadan and a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Maiduguri, is a pioneer employee of the NNRA, having joined the authority in 2004.

He was the Kaduna State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources. Before joining the NNRA, he was a lecturer and researcher in Physics with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Maiduguri for 15 years, according to information garnered from the agency’s official website.

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