PREPARATORY MEETING FOR REGIONAL WORKSHOP TO BUILD ROADMAP FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NUCLEAR SECURITY DETECTION ARCHITECTURE 16th – 17th October 2017


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its effort to assist Member States in establishing an effective Nuclear Security Detection Architecture (NSDA) organized in collaboration with the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority a two-day preparatory meeting for Stakeholders in Abuja from 16 -17 October, 2017..

The two-day meeting was targeted at senior-level decision making personnel responsible for national/facility security planning. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Nigerian Police Force (EOD), Department of State Services (DSS), National Institute for Radiation Protection and Research (NIRPR), Nuclear Security Centre (NSC) and the Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) , Zaria.

The purpose of the preparatory meeting was to raise awareness among decision makers on the importance of NSDA development and to discuss the key roles and responsibilities of the Stakeholder Organizations in the establishment of an NSDA

During the Opening Ceremony, the Director-General/CEO of the NNRA pointed out that the risk associated with nuclear and radioactive material out of regulatory control is enormous and that the development of a nuclear security detection architecture that addresses the systems and measures necessary for the implementation of a strategy for the detection of materials out of regulatory control can not be over-emphasized. It is on this note that the DG/CEO appreciated the efforts of the IAEA in assisting Nigeria in the NSDA development. He also thanked the Stakeholders for their collaborative efforts stressing that a collective effort was needed in order to achieve the desired goal.

The IAEA expert, Ms Stacy Mui in her remark also pointed out the importance of developing an NSDA and expressed delight at having the representatives of the Stakeholder Organizations. She noted that after having listened to their job description during their brief introduction she was convinced that there was a proper representation in the meeting.She stressed that communication and cooperation among the Stakeholders was key in the establishment of an effective Nuclear Security Detection Architecture.

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