Country Profile: Nigeria


The Federal Republic of Nigeria is situated in West Africa and bordered by Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Benin. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and a democratic secular state since it gained independence in 1960.

Capital: Abuja

There are no nuclear power plants located in Nigeria.

The Centre for Energy Research and Training operates one MNSR-type research reactor (NIRR-1) used for isotope production, research, education & training. NIRR-1 converted to LEU fuel in November 2018. An additional pool-type, multipurpose research reactor began planning stages of development in 2015, although no further progress has been reported.


  • Joined the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in 1964
  • Member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 1964
  • Acceded to 1925 Geneva Protocol in 1968
  • Acceded to Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 2001
  • Signed & Ratified Arms Trade Treaty in 2013
  • Signed Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in 1972
    • Ratified in 1973
  • Signed Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in 1993
    • Ratified in 1999
  • Signed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 2000
    • Ratified in 2001
  • Signed Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in 1982
  • Signed Convention on Cluster Munitions in 2009
  • Acceded to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) in 2007
  • Acceded to International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT) in 2012
  • Acceded to Outer Space Treaty in 1967
  • Signed Partial Test Ban Treaty in 1963
    • Ratified in 1967
  • Signed Treaty of Pelindaba in 1996
    • Ratified in 2001
  • Signed & Ratified Treaty for the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in 1968
  • Signed Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in 2017


  • Member of the Conference on Disarmament
  • Member of the G-21
  • Member of the Africa Group
  • Founding member of the African Union
  • Member of the G-77
  • Member of OPEC



  • Chair of the G-77 in 2000
  • IAEA Board Member for 2019-2020
  • IAEA Board Chair in 2000-2001
  • African Union Chairman – (2004-2005)
  • CTBTO PrepComm Chair (2002/2015)
  • Vice-Chair of the First Committee 70th Session – (2015)
  • Vice-Chair of the 1540 Committee (2015/2014)
  • Member of the 1540 Committee (2015/2014/2011/2010)
  • Vice-Chair of the OPCW Executive Council (2018-2019)
  • Member of OPCW – (2018-2020)


Nigeria Mission to the UN in NY

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission

UN State Summary

Ratification of Treaties & Membership in International Organizations Related to Disarmament