The Federal Government, on Wednesday, announced that it had secured a grant of one million euros from the European Union to execute the instrument for nuclear safety projects in Nigeria.
It announced this in Abuja through the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, after EU nuclear safety experts visited the NNRA and held discussions with the agency for three days.
“The EU experts were in Nigeria to interact with their counterparts in NNRA on the modalities for the implementation of the first bilateral cooperation project on nuclear safety and the safe management of radioactive waste in the country to be supported by a grant from the EU.” It said.
The NNRA, in a statement issued in Abuja by its Head of Information and Protocol Unit, Ekaette Bassey, said the discussions centred on the commencement of the European Instrument for International Nuclear Safety Cooperation project on enhancing the regulatory framework for nuclear safety in Nigeria.
The Director-General, NNRA, Yau Idris thanked the EU for finding the request made by the agency worthy of a grant, covering a period of two years from October 1, 2023, to September 31, 2025.
He indicated that the implementation of the project would be closely monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency to ensure compliance with international best practices and regulations.
“The project will focus on capacity development and training, enhancing regulatory framework for nuclear safety and ensuring that Nigeria implements the recommendation of all the IAEA missions in respect to its regulatory infrastructure. ” He stated.