Ura­nium ra­di­a­tion: Nu­clear sci­en­tists ar­rive Adamawa

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Kabiru R. An­war,Yola

Sci­en­tists from the Nige­ria Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (NNRA) have ar­rived Adamawa State to in­spect ura­nium ra­di­a­tion that al­legedly killed vil­lagers in Michika Local Gov­ern­ment Area.

The Com­mis­sioner for Solid Min­er­als, Shanti San­shi Vic­to­ria, said an ex­pert team from the nu­clear agency from Abuja had ar­rived the state to in­spect the site of pos­si­ble ra­di­a­tion.

She re­jected as­ser­tions that ra­di­a­tion killed sev­eral peo­ple in five vil­lages in Michika, saying the out­come of the sci­en­tific tests by the ex­perts would pro­vide a clue to the pos­si­ble health prob­lems in the area as there was still no proven sci­en­tific ev­i­dence upon which to draw con­clu­sions.

The Di­rec­tor of Ge­ol­ogy at the Adamawa State Min­istry of Solid Min­er­als, Dlama Zira had dur­ing a re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion at the Gov­ern­ment House in Yola, said sev­eral peo­ple had died of ra­di­a­tion from ura­nium de­posits in five com­mu­ni­ties in Michika, namely Garta, Fu­tubou, Himike, Sina-Kwande Nkala and Ghumthi, saying since the 1950s, vil­lagers had at­trib­uted deaths from ra­di­a­tion to evil spir­its.

“The peo­ple of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties for many years sac­ri­ficed hun­dreds of goats to ap­pease their de­ity, seek­ing pro­tec­tion from evil spirit that they be­lieved were caus­ing uniden­ti­fied ill­nesses and sud­den deaths in the com­mu­ni­ties. They didn’t know that they were sit­ting on and drink­ing wa­ter from huge ura­nium de­posits iden­ti­fied by ra­di­a­tion ex­perts as the cause of the ill­nesses and ram­part deaths,’ he stated.

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