ONE DAY TECHNICAL MEETING ON NATIONAL RESPONSE AND ASSISTANCE NETWORK (RANET) IMPLEMENTATION


The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized a one-day Technical meeting on the implementation of National Response and Assistance Network (RANET) for various stakeholders in Nigeria. The meeting which took place on the 11th of October, 2018 in the Headquarters boardroom, Abuja is to foster co-operation with competent bodies in assessing Nigeria’s response and preparedness plan in the event of radiological emergencies or occurrence involving nuclear materials or radiation sources. Representatives from; National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Centre for Energy Research and Training, Zaria (CERT), National Institute for Radiation Protection & Research-Ibadan (NIRPR), Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), National Hospital, Abuja, University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCH) and the NNRA were in attendance.

In the DG/CEO’s welcome address as read by Dr. Isa Sambo, head of Nuclear Security Centre in the NNRA stated that on the 26th September, 1986, Nigeria ratified the convention on early notification of a nuclear accident and the convention on assistance in the case of nuclear accident or a radiological emergency. NNRA was identified as the national competent authority responsible for operational arrangements and implementation of these conventions.

The RANET meeting is the first in Nigeria and is expected to facilitate the effective evaluation of registered capabilities and enhancing their credibility. It is hoped that the implementation of the national assistance capabilities would be reviewed for the continuous improvement of Nigeria’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) during emergency situations.

The NNRA hopes for commitments from all Stakeholders to strengthen and harmonize Response to Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies to improve compliance with international standards.

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