2018/08/12 – The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) on Monday said that 95% of the nuclear licenses it has issued are for the petroleum industry.
Its Director-General, Prof. Lawrence Dim, who made this known to reporters said that although other industries such as the beverage, breweries and paper mills also use nuclear materials, the oil and gas industry deploys nuclear materials heavily for well-logging and radioactivity.
The Director, Radiological Centre, Prof. Timothy Akpan, who represented him in Abuja during the opening ceremony International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) African Regional Coordination meeting to assess progress on leadership management in nuclear regulatory bodies made the disclosure in Abuja.
He said that: “Right now, oil industries in Nigeria requires inputs from nuclear, even the Coca-Cola industry, breweries, papers and all other. They are being used in almost all industries in Nigeria mostly in the oil and gas industry. We have well-logging, we have radioactivities going on in the oil industry.
“Like the petroleum industry is the greatest consumer of nuclear materials. In Nigeria presently, about 95% of all the recorded licenses we have in the NNRA are from the oil and gas industry.”
On the adoption of nuclear energy in Nigeria, the Director-General submitted that the building of a nuclear power in the country is not a simple one.
He however added that there are different huddles for the country, stressing that “Nigeria has not been a nuclear country.”
Dim further noted that “I think what is stopping the inauguration of the nuclear power is the question of who should run it. From time to time there are some milestones being set up which Nigeria has to cross, which is not too easy because Nigeria has not been a nuclear country.”
The NNRA explained that the African Regulator Conference was established by IAEA in consonance with other regional bodies to oversee radiation protection and nuclear safety in Africa.
According to him, the conference is for self-assessment for nations doing very well to work with other nations to meet up with the IAEA standards.
The agenda of the conference, he said, was to include the implementation of a regulatory framework in the entire Africa.
The review is to look at the performances of the different regulatory bodies to make sure that they come up at par for the continent to advance simultaneously in terms of nuclear regimes.
He noted that besides the African countries in the conference, other non-African countries were in attendance.
Speaking with reporters, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Adamu Husseini said that 23 countries attended the conference out of the 26 that were expected.
The Nation / Sahel-Elite