PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NUCLEAR SAFETY AND RADIATION PROTECTION ACT 19 OF 1995 (REPEAL AND RE-ENACTMENT) BILL 2019 SB. 695, May 2019


The Joint Senate committees on Science and Technology and Petroleum Resources (Upstream) of the 8th ( Eighth)  National Assembly have reiterated their  commitment to ensure the passage of the “Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act 19 of 1995 (Repeal & Re-enactment Bill, 2019)

This commitment was made on behalf of the two Committees by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) Senator Omotayo Donald Alasoadura during the Public Hearing on the Bill to “Repeal and Re-enact the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Act.

He stated that the committees are working closely with relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public, Civil Societies Organisations and others to ensure that the bill that would be produced will  empower and effectively cover the mandates of the NNRA which was not hitherto covered by the existing act.

In her Opening remark, Senate Minority Leader, Mrs. Abiodun Christine Olujimi who represented the Senate President, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki emphasized the importance and urgency to conclude on all matters concerning the bill. She stated that an improved bill will benefit Nigerians immensely.

Papers were submitted by some parastatals and relevant stakeholders. Present at the hearing were the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas/ Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (NUPENGASSAN), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Nigerian Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) and the Ministry of Health who were represented by the Radiographers Association (RA), Radiographers Council of Nigeria (RCN) and Modular Imaging of Nigeria (MIN).

In his presentation, Dr. Yau Idris Usman, pledged that the NNRA would stand by the decision of the Nigerian people and abide by legal stipulations as contained in the Act empowering the NNRA.

Several Senators including the Chairman Senate Committee on Science and Technology Professor Robert Ajayi Borofice, relevant Stakeholders, Chief Executive Officers of relevant Agencies and the general public attended the hearing. 

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