NNRA AND STAKEHOLDERS MEET IN PREPARATION FOR INTEGRATED NUCLEAR SECURITY SUPPORT PLAN REVIEW, March 2019.


The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) on the 20th March 2019 began a 3-day national stakeholders meeting at its headquarters in Abuja to review the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan (INSSP). The meeting is in preparation for the Four-day INSSP Review mission scheduled to hold from 2nd to 5th April 2019.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the NNRA Acting DG/CEO, Dr. Yau Usman Idris, represented by Dr. Nasiru-Deen Bello, General Manager, Nuclear Safety, Physical Security and Safeguards department stated that the objective of the INSSP is to identify and consolidate the nuclear security needs of Nigeria into an integrated document that includes necessary nuclear security improvements, as well as a customized framework for coordinating and implementing nuclear security activities in the country with the assistance of the IAEA and other potential donors.

In addition, he submitted that the INSSP is a key component of the IAEA nuclear security regime which is designed to identify actions required to ensure that a state’s national nuclear security regime is effective and sustainable. Speaking further, he said the (INSSP) document also enables a state to address nuclear security comprehensively so as to strengthen its national nuclear security regime in protecting people, property and environment from the consequences of a nuclear security event. In his own remarks, the G.M. emphasized that the meeting is organized for all stakeholders to be conversant with what INSSP document and contribute to the perfection of the document.

The stakeholders at the meeting include representatives of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police Force (NPF), Department of State Service (DSS), Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDS) and the NNRA.

It should be noted that, the responsibility for nuclear security within a State rests entirely with that State and the importance of making nuclear security regimes sustainable is for the long-term protection of people, property and the environment. Also the IAEA helps upon request, national policymakers and experts to improve nuclear security, manage radioactive sources and combat nuclear terrorism. Globally, it aims to reduce the risk that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used to create a threat to international security.

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