INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY NATIONAL TABLE-TOP EXERCISE FOR SECURITY OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL IN TRANSPORT, NNRA HEADQUATERS ABUJA, 31ST JULY – 4TH AUGUST 2017.


A workshop aimed at providing training and knowledge to NNRA staff members and other key stakeholders involved in nuclear fuel transport in Nigeria was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) in Abuja, Nigeria.

The five-day workshop consisted of classes focused on nuclear security while in transport and the development of Transport Security Plans (TSP) for Nigeria. It had as part of its training, well designed table-top exercises for security of nuclear materials while in transport. The workshop will increase Nigeria’s capacity for safety and security during the transportation of nuclear material especially n view of its pending fuel change and transportation for her research reactor. This exercise was in accordance with Nigeria’s regulations which align with international recommendations and guidance. The tabletop exercises were aimed at providing simulation-based exercises to enhance the preparedness of the Government of Nigeria to conduct the upcoming nuclear fuel transport.

According to the Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Prof Lawrence Dim, the workshop was very important as it was structured to meet Nigeria’s immediate need of nuclear fuel transportation, as the country in line with international best practice is converting the Research Reactor’s fuel from a High Enriched Uranium HEU, to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) fuel.

He stated that the procedure will involve the transportation of nuclear fuel from one point to another and thus required adequate planning and preparation to ensure that non state actors don’t get possession of the fuel. He further said that fuel transportation is of great concern to the international community and thus the importance accorded to the exercise by Nigeria to ensure safety and security of the nuclear fuel.

He thanked the US government, the IAEA and China for their support in building Nigeria’s manpower for the execution of a hitch free nuclear fuel transport and charged all participants to contribute fully to the success of the programme.

Goodwill messages were given by the Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), Prof. S.P Mallam, representative of the IAEA, Mr David Ladsous, representative of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Mr David Duhamel, Director Policy and Strategic Planning Office, National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mr. Abba Umar and Director Centre for Energy Research and Training (CERT) Dr. Ahmed Yusuf. 

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