The IAEA Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) is intended to assist Member States to enhance the organisation and performance of national nuclear regulatory bodies. It is a peer review service conducted by a team of international experts with experience directly relevant to the areas of evaluation. The team concentrates on key areas of regulatory activities identified within IAEA safety standards to assess the effectiveness of the regulatory body. The review is not an inspection to determine compliance with national legislation, but is more an objective comparison of national nuclear regulation with international guidelines.

At the invitation of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an international peer review team visited the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) to conduct an Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission. The purpose of the IRRS mission was to review the effectiveness of Nigeria’s regulation of nuclear safety and to propose possible improvements in view of preparation for operation of the first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Nigeria.

The review mission was conducted from 2nd – 13th July 2017 and the IAEA Coordinator of the meeting was Mr. Teodros Hailu while Mr. Lamberto Maccitteo was the mission Team Leader. The team comprised of fifteen nuclear experts from 11 Member States such as Ethiopia, USA, Austria, Pakistan, Latvia, Greece, India France, Morocco, Germany, Turkey, Slovania, Zimbakwe and Italy. NNRA had submitted to the IAEA, in advance of the mission, an information package including a self-assessment and plans for improving its regulatory effectiveness.

 The IRRS activities took place at the NNRA head office in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria. It was conducted through technical visits to facilities regulated by the NNRA such as Nigeria Research Reactor 1(NIRR 1), Center for Energy Research and Training (CERT) Zaria, National Hospital, Abuja, and Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF) at SHESTCO, Shedda.

In addition to the above, meetings and courtesy visits were made to important stakeholders in the nuclear industry such as the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Alternate Chairman of the NNRA Governing Board, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Chairman of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Prof  Eli Bala . Policy issues discussed included the independence of the regulatory body from the promoter, leadership and management for safety, enhancing regulatory effectiveness and competence, human resources and knowledge management.


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