The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) hosted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regional Meeting on the Management of Radioactivity in Scrap Metal for Recycling and Semi-finished Products. The five-day event was held at Abuja, the nation’s capital city from 25th-29th June, 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives from Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Mines and Steel, NNRA and 32 African Countries namely; Ghana, Senegal, Sierra-Leone, Angola, Algeria, Cameroun, Tchad, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Mauritania, Congo, Niger, Cote d’ Voire, Tanzania, Mali, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Egypt amongst others. The IAEA experts present were Janzekovic Helena (Slovenia), Englefield Christopher John (Britain) and Truppa Walter Adrian (Argentina).

Declaring the meeting open, the Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum represented by the Director Human Resources Ministry of Petroleum Mallam Ibrahim Mairiga thanked the IAEA for all its support in establishing effective and sustainable nuclear security infrastructure in Nigeria which for decades has been involved in peaceful application of nuclear science and technology. He said the IAEA is living up to expectation as far as Nigeria is concerned and that Nigeria being aware of its responsibility for nuclear safety and security is leaving no stone unturned in instituting effective national nuclear and radiological safety and security regime. He urged participants to take the program serious as it will help regulatory bodies in Africa manage radioactivity as regards scrap metal recycling and semi-finished products.

The DG/CEO NNRA in his welcome address remarked that the meeting was an avenue to underscore the recent challenges in the world where radioactive materials have become objects of war or terror. He said abandoned radioactive materials can be found in scrap metals and if ruptured through melting it can result in large scale contamination which will not only affect humans but the environment as well. He urged participants to work together and cooperatively to assure security in the management of radioactivity in scrap metal for recycling and semi-finished products.

Also speaking, the Chairman NAEC who was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Akueche said NAEC is a promoter of various applications in the nuclear science and technology and has collaborated with the NNRA to put in place policies and strategies for radioactive waste and management.

Mr. Christopher John Englefield having thanked the NNRA and Nigeria for the warm hospitality remarked that the meeting was necessary because the problem of radioactivity in scrap metal recycling and semi-finished products is a global concern. The aim of the meeting he said was to share knowledge and experience among participating African member states on the challenges they encounter in regulating and managing radioactivity in scrap metal for recycling and in semi-finished products.


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