23 August 2012

Nigeria: Nuclear Agency Partners NEMA On Radiological Emergency

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) says it is collaborating with National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the integration of its National Radiological Emergency Response Plan (NRERP) into the nation's emergency management plan.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the acting Director General of NNRA, Dr Martin Ogharadukum, said integration of the plan into NEMA's operational programme was important to manage possible disasters that might arise from the use of radiological applications in the country.

He said for the NRERP plan that was developed and finalised in 2010 to be effectively implemented, it has to be integrated into NEMA's programmes.

"Our natural emergency response plan is also in anticipation of bigger applications of ionizing radiation in the future of our country.

"So it is not only addressing the issues arising from possible incident or accident that can arise from today, but also in the future.

"Like you know, there is no scope that will limit your ability to increase your use of any technology.

"In fact I think some level of integration has gone on but of course, I cannot say conclusively when this will be finalized."

Ogharadukum explained that the agency was making concerted efforts at the monitoring and regulation of the application of ionizing radiation or nuclear materials in the country.

"Before you give authorisation to any person or cooperate body involved in the use of ionizing radiation or nuclear material, that person must demonstrate that he has emergency response in the event of an accident," he said.

The acting director-general also said that the agency was ensuring safety in the medical applications of ionizing radiation in the functional radiotherapy facilities in the country.

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