FG secures nuclear materials from non-state actors’ abuse
THE Federal Government yesterday assured that it would protect nuclear materials and radioactive sources from getting into the hands of non-state actors, who are likely to deploy them in causing havoc and engaging in crimes.
Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Professor Lawrence Dim, said the agency has put in place a regulatory control programme for nuclear safety and radiological protection regulation.
Also, he disclosed that the 2017-2020 NNRA strategic plan offers the country the first comprehensive blueprint for addressing challenges of nuclear safety and security in the country.
Prof. Dim said this at the opening session of information meeting for national nuclear security with the theme: Emergingsecurity Threatsandtheneedfor Integratedapproach , organised by the agency.
The meeting, whose par- ticipants were drawn from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nigerian Army, Navy, Police, Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Immigration Service, among other security agencies, was meant to enhance collaboration, fine-tune strategies at securing nuclear materials and protect lives and property.
He noted that through the NNRA activities, the issue of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection has become very topical mainly because Nigerians were now becoming more informed about the harmful effects of the misuse of ionizing radiation.
However, Prof. Dim said: “Nigeria has been at the forefront of efforts by the United Nations and International Atomic Energy (IAEA) in ensuring that nuclear materials and radioactive sources do not fall into the hands of nonstate actors and has over the years signed relevant security related international instruments.”