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Nuclear Research: Three Nigerians Win Russia’s “Atoms for Africa” Competition

Three Nigerian youths have emerged winner of Russia nuclear research in Africa.

Russia’s state-run nuclear energy corporation, ROSATOM in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed Nigerian trio Egbe Joy, Derick Nwasor and Oghale Yome emerged winners of ROSATOM Africa’s “Atoms for Africa” competition.

According to the statement, ROSATOM said it has familiarised the three Nigerian youths with its leading institutions for nuclear research.

“It required them to research how innovative use of nuclear technologies can assist in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

“Over the course of their week-long stay in Russia, the trio visited the first science city of Russia situated in Obninsk and the first nuclear power plant to be built in the world, also based in Obninsk.

“Other sites visited included a tour to the winter wonderland at Tomsk in Siberia where they witnessed how Tomsk Polytechnic University is using its research reactor for educational purposes and training,” it said.

According to the company, the delegation also had roundtable discussions both in Tomsk Polytechnic University and National Research Nuclear University with African students pursuing nuclear education studies in Russia.

Nuclear Research: Three Nigerians Win Russia's “Atoms for Africa” Competition

“At the A. I. Leypunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering in Obninsk, guests from Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda learnt about the main activities of the institute.

“The institute’s specialists told the delegation about promising developments and achievements in the field of nuclear medicine, ecology, and energy projects,” the company said.

The Deputy Director-General of the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation for Science and Innovation, Natalya Ayrapetova, said: “We are ready to help various countries in training and development of a scientific program in order they have the opportunity to use peaceful nuclear technology.”

ROSATOM noted that one of its key missions was to assist the brightest young minds from across the globe to work together in solving global challenges that will shape the future of energy and the world.

It added that the initiative provides a great opportunity for young people from very different walks of life who share a common passion to build a bright and sustainable future for Africa.

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