Strengthening Nuclear Material Accountability & Control (Nmac) Against Terrorism in Norther Nigeria: A Progressive Global Training Approach

Authors : Dr. Edith Ogoegbunam Onyeanu; Dr. Egbere Michael Ikechukwu; Dr. Ajayi Tijjani Ahmed; Dr. Bello Bamanga

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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In the face of evolving terrorism threats, the intersection of nuclear security and counterterrorism efforts has become a critical concern, particularly in regions like Northern Nigeria marked by extremism and instability. This study explores the importance of strengthening Nuclear Material Accounting & Control (NMAC) as a strategic defense against nuclear terrorism. The introduction sets the stage by highlighting the global concern regarding the potential exploitation of nuclear materials by terrorist entities, particularly in the Northern Nigeria context. The subsequent sections delve into the current landscape of nuclear security and terrorism, discussing terrorist motivations, technological advances, and vulnerabilities of nuclear materials, global security frameworks, and regional hotspots. The study emphasizes the role of NMAC in countering terrorism, addressing its benefits in enhancing detection and prevention, minimizing insider threats, strengthening physical security measures, fostering international collaboration, and building deterrence and preparedness. The proposed global training approach for NMAC principles is outlined, focusing on tailored curriculum development, multi- stakeholder collaboration, scenario-based training exercises, technical workshops, cross-border learning exchanges, virtual training platforms, and periodic refresher courses. The study concludes by highlighting the benefits and impacts of this approach, including enhanced counterterrorism capabilities, strengthened security infrastructure, deterrence, and international collaboration. It also recommends the establishment of specialized training centers, international collaboration, tailored programs, interdisciplinary training, public awareness, legislative frameworks, and regional cooperation to effectively implement NMAC in Northern Nigeria and mitigate the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Keywords : Nuclear Terrorism, NMAC Principles, Counterterrorism, Northern Nigeria, Security Enhancement.


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