ONE DAY NATIONAL WORKSHOP TO RAISE AWARENESS ON NUCLEAR SECURITY FOR NIGERIAN HIGH-LEVEL OFFICIALS AND DECISION MAKERS, April 2019


The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organised a one-day nuclear security workshop to raise awareness and familiarize Nigerian high level officials with current international developments in nuclear security. The workshop held on the 1st April, 2019 at the Rock View Hotels Abuja Nigeria.

Declaring the workshop open, the chairman of the occasion Major General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (Rtd), National Security Adviser to the President who was represented by Mr. Aminu A. Lawal, Director, Policy and Strategy, Office of the National Security Adviser to the President (ONSA) commended the sensitisation and awareness initiative organised to inform decision makers on the importance of nuclear security. He further stressed the Nigerian government’s role in ensuring an effective nuclear security regime in nuclear industry. 

The ONSA representative applauded the timeliness of the workshop considering the current security challenges in the country. He concluded by assuring all stakeholders of the country’s commitment to establishing a nuclear security regime in Nigeria.

Delivering his speech, the Acting Director-General/CEO Dr. Yau Usman Idris appreciated the efforts of the IAEA on behalf of Government in its relentless mission to improving the security of all nuclear materials and other radioactive materials in Nigeria and the world at large.

He further stated that the objective of the workshop is not only to create awareness amongst senior government officials and decision makers but also to share a broad view on developing, maintaining and sustaining a national nuclear security regime in Nigeria.

In her remark, the IAEA representative Madalina Man appreciated the Nigerian government for her active membership and continuous commitment towards nuclear security at the highest levels. She stated that the workshop was a follow- up to a similar nuclear security awareness meeting for Nigerian senior officials held at the IAEA Headquarters Vienna, Austria in February 2017.

Over 40 Key stakeholders from the Federal Ministries, Agencies and Departments graced the occasion.

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