This was stated by the agency’s Director-General, Lawrence Dim, who further stated that industrialisation is also ‘fueling’ the use of nuclear fuels and radioactive materials, reports Vanguard.
“We are now starting to see how we can use radiation in producing electricity. In many countries, radioactive materials are being used for heating purposes.” Dim said.
He added: “As I once said, it may likely be that in the future, as safety consciousness grows all over the world, we would soon begin to have vehicles running on fuel of radioactive materials.”
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“As long as we are building more industries, the refineries and so on, we need radiation to monitor what we are doing. The most important is even in health.
“All aspect of medical services – diagnosis, interventional radiology, radiotherapy and even nuclear medicine, all require radiation; and anywhere there is radiation, there is also the possibility that we would also have to be sure that the use conforms to the internationally recognised dose limits,” Dim noted.
Technical meeting addressing dosimetry
The Director-General was represented by Timothy Akpa, General Manager, Department of Nuclear safety, Physical Security and Safeguards at technical meeting in Abuja.
According to the Vanguard, Akpa explained that the technical meeting is a requirement by the International Atomic Energy Agency, that every country must have a system of dosimetry to use as a benchmark to know how much radiation that the people are getting.
And that people are not over-exposed in the course of their work in the industry using ionising radiation.
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