As part of its effort to build capacity of staff in the regulation of nuclear technology development, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) paid a courtesy visit to the National Commission-United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 22nd March, 2021 in Abuja.
The visit was aimed at strengthening relationship with NATCOM and to explore opportunities that exists in NATCOM for capacity building of staff in order to enhance their competence in addition to exploring the opportunity of research and fellowship provided by the UNESCO for Nigerians.
The DG/CEO NNRA represented by Dr. Isa Sambo, the General Manager, Radiological Safety, explained the mandate and activities of the NNRA starting from regulating the possession and use of radioactive material in the country from cradle to grave. He highlighted, that the sole aim of the entire regulatory process is to protect human life, environment and property from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.
He ‘’said Nigeria is working towards developing a Nuclear Power Plant for electricity generation and therefore, there is need for the NNRA to explore all opportunities for capacity building’’
Dr. Sambo explained further that NNRA has over the years worked closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the aspect of regulation and the relationship has been cordial and fruitful.
Secretary General of UNESCO, Mr. Olagunju Idowu appreciated the team for encouraging partnership and affirms that UNESCO’s focus is to ensure that citizens benefit from its enormous opportunities. He assured NNRA of NATCOMS’s readiness to collaborate with the organization in the interest of the Nation.