NSRPA has insufficient funds to execute duties in Sierra Leone
The executive Secretary of the National Safety and Radiation Protection Agency (NSRPA), Mr. John Jabati together with the budget committee have on Friday, 11th October 2019, confirmed to this medium that they are currently experiencing serious challenges as a result of the absolute lack of sufficient funds to execute their duties.
Mr .John Jabati made the disclosure at the just concluded 2020 bilateral budget discussions held at the Miatta Conference Hall, Brookfields in Freetown under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MPED).
Presenting the NSRPA budget estimate for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to 2023 with the Department Code of 417, Mr. John Jabati noted that the Agency was established by an Act of Parliament, the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act of 2012 as a regulatory body for the purpose of radiation protection, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear safeguards and radioactive waste management.
In his presentation, the Executive Secretary, John Jabati who also serves as the Budget Chairman of NSRPA, said their Mission is to protect people, property and the environment against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation through an effective regulation of users and control of nuclear and radioactive sources, noting the vision of NSRPA is to ensure that, people, property and the environment are protected against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.
Mr. John Jabati said their objectives include regulating, controlling and supervising the acquisition, importation, exportation, use, transportation and disposal of radioactive substances and devices emitting ionizing radiation.
Highlighting the activities they had accomplished in 2018 to 2019, the Executive Secretary told budget officials and stakeholders presents that one of the NSRPA staff attended the PGEC held in Accra, Ghana, from 1st April to 24th August 2019. He disclosed that three regulators had gone through three months fellowship workshop in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
He said NSRPA had also hosted a national workshop on nuclear safeguards in June 2019 together with the hosting of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) advisory mission in February 2019 on National Regulatory Infrastructure for Radiation Safety.
He spoke on the various types of radiation sources, ranges from Ionizing and Non Ionizing sources .He said the Non Ionizing sources is less harmful than the Ionizing radiation which he said has more energy risk sources.
Making his input, the Head of Radiation Control Unit, Abdul Amara Kargbo told the gathering that, NSRPA is only responsible to regulate the affairs of radiation sources with accreditation of different badges to identify and highlight solutions, noting that NSRPA always gives necessary advice to enhance safety.
He appealed to MOF and stakeholders including District Budget Advocacy Committees (DBOCs), Non State Actors (NSAs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) among others to consider their budget ceiling with due consideration in order to abreast with the theme for 2020 bilateral budget ”,Fiscal Consideration for Job Creation and Human Capital Development”, for young Sierra Leoneans.
Presenting the budget estimate for 2020, the Finance Officer, NSRPA, Philip Johnson said their budget ceiling for FY 2020 is Le 3.4 billion.
By Alhassan Bangura
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