Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), has began a four-day capacity building for regulatory officers towards nuclear and radiological emergency..
Idris Yau, expressed the imperative of having well-trained and suitable local manpower readily available to mange unexpected nuclear power issues..
Represented by the Director, Nuclear Safety, Physical Security and Safeguards, Dr Nasir Bello, Yau stated that the training was aimed at establishing and improving proper and adequate mechanisms for responding to radiological and nuclear emergencies throughout the country.
This step, he said, will help reduce the number of affected and exposed people as well as the gravity of radiological injuries in case of any nuclear or radiological accident.
The Acting Director General, Yau stated that the conventions of Early Notification of a Nuclear accident and Assistance in case of a nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency both place specific obligations on countries that are parties to the conventions and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
For him, protection of workers from radiation, safety and security of radioactive sources, safeguards of nuclear materials and physical protection of nuclear facilities and installations constitute the major regulatory functions of NNRA.
NNRA was established in 2001 by the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act 19 of 1995, and charged with the responsibility of nuclear safety and radiological regulation.
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