Botswana hosts International Atomic Energy Agency meeting
27 June, 2007
GABORONE – The absence of safety precautions when using or handling nuclear sources poses a real danger to the general public and the environment, says Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Marianne Nganunu.
Officially opening the second regional coordination and planning meeting on establishment of national capabilities for response to radiological and nuclear emergency in Gaborone, Mrs Nganunu said nuclear technology could be hazardous when it was used for non-peaceful means or evil intentions and even when the intentions were good.
Mrs Nganunu said it was important for participating countries to have emergency plans in place, because a nuclear disaster could be devastating.
I know that some of your countries, just like mine, are not heavy users, she said. But even then you still need a good emergency preparedness and response plan in place because a nuclear emergency or disaster in your neighboring countries can still be devastating in you countries.
Mrs Nganunu said by sending participants to this meeting, countries had shown [continue reading]