European Union Grants NNRA Funds For Nuclear Safety Project

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A two-year grant has been successfully secured by The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), from the European Union to launch a project aimed at enhancing nuclear safety regulation in Nigeria.

In an official statement signed by Ekaette Bassey, the Head of the Information and Protocol Unit at NNRA, it was announced that a team of nuclear safety experts had convened at NNRA’s headquarters in Abuja to initiate the European instrument for international nuclear safety cooperation (INSC) project in Nigeria.

Yau Idris, the Director-General of NNRA, highlighted a significant event in July 2023 when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission in Nigeria. The purpose of this mission was to assess Nigeria’s adherence to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM, INFCIRC/274) and its 2005 Amendment, along with the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and relevant IAEA Nuclear Security Series (NSS) publications.

Idris expressed his appreciation to the European Union for granting funds to support this project over a two-year period, from October 1, 2023, to September 30, 2025. He emphasised that the IAEA would closely monitor the project’s implementation to ensure compliance with international best practices and regulations.

Regarding the IAEA missions, Idris highlighted their positive assessment of Nigeria’s nuclear safety and security regime established by NNRA. This regime is currently undergoing significant improvements, including updates to legislative and regulatory frameworks, and other ongoing initiatives. Notably, key areas that require immediate attention include the passage of the NNRA Bill and obtaining Presidential assent, as well as the provision of a permanent headquarters office.

NNRA was chosen by the European Union for this project based on the commendable reports received from all IAEA missions in Nigeria, coupled with the agency’s leadership in nuclear regulatory activities and competence within Africa. The project’s primary focus will be on capacity development and training, enhancing the regulatory framework for nuclear safety, and ensuring that Nigeria diligently implements the recommendations provided by the IAEA missions to enhance its regulatory infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

 

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