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NRSPA Appreciates Neil Javis Visit to Sierra Leone

NRSPA Appreciates Neil Javis Visit to Sierra Leone

Senior and junior staff at Nuclear Radiation and Safety Protection Authority (NRSPA) on 16th November 2018 expressed appreciation to Mr. Neil Javis week-long visit to Sierra Leone on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission.

The objectives of Mr. Javis visit to Sierra Leone include reviewing status of development of Radiotherapy facility, a radiotherapy is used to cure Cancer, reviewing of ongoing program 2018-2019 and visit to relevant facilities, review of regional and AFRA program, project design workshop for 2020-2021 projects advanced to the design phase (and other interested counterparts and visit to the UNDP to visit the Res. Representative to discuss the IAEA role in the UNDAF.

Extending appreciation to Mr. Javis at the NRSPA headquarters office on Liverpool Street in Freetown, Chief Radiation Protection Officer/IAEA-National Liaison Officer NRSPA, John Jabat described Mr. Javis visit as a tremendous benefit for the authority and the country as a whole.

He discussed that IAEA has been rendering lot of support to member states adding that Mr. Javis visited institutions were IAEA technical projects is being implemented including Fourah Bay College (FBC), Milton Margai College Education and Technology (MMCET) and Njala University. He said IAEA comes in to support Government agenda.

“We always need technical support and advice”, he told audience and affirmed that every aspect of the mission was successful and pointed out that they have agreed on a work plan on the steps they need to follow. He discussed that they visited all the labs where IAEA is given support and emphasized on the need to improve capacity.

The Chief Protection Officer further explained that their engagement with officials in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), Ministry of Agriculture and other sectors, they discussed on Government priority.

One of the staffs in the authority, Beatrice Konneh on behalf of IAEA, NRSPA and the Government of Sierra Leone thanked Mr. Javis for his timely visit to the country and for the exemplary  work he has done throughout the mission.

In his response, Mr. Neil Javis thanked for hospitality during his week-long visit adding that 30 years ago, IAEA has changed thinking from technical to cooperation.

He discussed on the need to work in partnership and emphasized that the mission would help many people across the country and assured that the cooperation between IAEA and NRSPA would be fruitful.

The meeting was climaxed by the presentation of gift to Mr. Javis by by Madam Beatrice Konneh.

By Alhassan Bangura

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