Professor Ita Okon Bassey EWA

Professor Ita Okon Bassey EWA an Analytical Nuclear Physicist and University Professor was born on 3rd November, 1952. His undergraduate University education was at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria where he obtained B.Sc (Hons) Physics in 1977. His postgraduate programme was at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and graduated with M.Sc (Nuclear Physics) and Ph.D (Physics) in 1982 and 1993 respectively. He undertook several professional trainings in analytical nuclear physics sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna, Austria. Prof. I.O.B. Ewa began his professional training career in Reactor Physics with the Kernforshungszentrum, Karlsruhe, West Germany in 1981; proceeded to Texas A & M University from 1989-1990 for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) research work on Nuclear Analytical Techniques. Thereafter, he undertook some research work on Neutron Activation Analysis at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada (1995-1996) under the sponsorship of the IAEA.

In the year 2000, he was again sponsored by the IAEA to undertake a research work on Monte Carlo Methods in nuclear research reactor applications at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. He was sent in 2002 to the Reactor Centre, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Legon , Accra on an IAEA Expert Mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Between 2003 and 2004, he was at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy where he researched on codes, nuclear data and reaction.

In 2008, he was awarded an IAEA Coordinated Research Project on the ‘Development and Applications of Calibration Method for HPGe Detectors Used in Measurement of Environmental samples. Professor I.O.B. Ewa, a great educator and Professor has taught physics and supervised over 20 postgraduate thesis at the Physics Department, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He has equally been a researcher at the Nuclear Research Centre, Centre for Energy Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria from 1983 to date. This erudite scholar has to his credit over 100 peer-reviewed journals and technical publications. He is a member of several international professional bodies. Professor Ita Okon Bassey was appointed as the Minister of Science and Technology of the Federal republic of Nigeria in July 2011.