The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in collaboration with Chet Engineering Limited organized a National workshop on Safe Transport of Nuclear and Radioactive Sources in Oil & Gas, Manufacturing & Construction Industries for Land and Marine Transporters at Abuja, from 29th August to 2nd September, 2022.
The Workshop aimed at promoting the safe transport of Nuclear and Radioactive sources in Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and Construction Industries for land and marine transporters. It was also to create an avenue for brain storming, on all major issues bordering the transport of Nuclear Material and Radioactive Sources within Nigeria while validating all draft radiation safety regulations for final approval.
The Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Dr. Y. U. Idris ably represented by Dr. Nasiru-Deen Bello, General Manager (GM) Department of Nuclear Safety, Physical Security and Safeguards, welcomed the organizers, stakeholders and participants, to the workshop and stated that it is a collective responsibility of all involved to ensure that the radiation protection of persons, property and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation during the storage, use and transport of Nuclear and Radioactive materials in the country. He emphasized the need to have one on one discussion with stakeholders and practitioners to share their experiences and challenges in compliance with the NNRA regulations and encouraged participants to be actively involved in the workshop in order to achieve successful deliberations.
In response, one of the Resource Persons, Prof. Idowu Farai from the Department of Physics, University of Ile-Ife, thanked the NNRA for the great opportunity to serve the NNRA once again and Nigeria in extension.
On the part of the Stakeholders, Mr. Emeka Naze of Salibound Shipping Nigeria Limited added that, they would ensure in totality that all radiation protection regulations are adhered to.
Finally, two of the participants from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Justice thanked the NNRA for the opportunity to participate in the workshop. They reiterated further saying that the workshop symbolizes a new beginning of greater heights to attain and gave assurances to put all resources together to ensure the actuality of all draft regulations discussed at the workshop be enacted as full laws respectively.
The workshop had over 50 Participants drawn from the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Stakeholders in land and marine transport, Academia and NNRA.