FG se­cures nu­clear ma­te­ri­als from non-state ac­tors’ abuse

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Cle­ment Nwoji, Abuja

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.”

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