New NARICT Decontamination Labs: Indigenous Capacity Against Chemical Attacks, Others

Chemical, Biological And Radiological De-Contamination Laboratories: All nations of the world face threats of chemical, biological and radiological attacks in the 21st Century. For National Security reasons, NARICT is building the first facility to prevent, detect and combat chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and improvised explosives device (IEDs) attacks in Nigeria and growing indigenous capacity to mitigate these threats nationwide.

On February 13, 2017, Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia to board a flight. Two women doused Kim Jong-nam in some powdery substance or liquid in a move they later claimed was meant to be a prank for a television reality show. Immediately Kim started feeling uneasy and alerted airport security. Kim died while being transferred from the airport to the hospital. The substance proved to be the deadly VX nerve agent. Two women, one Vietnamese, the other Indonesian, were charged with murder. In 2019, the murder charges were dropped.
According to Wikipedia, beginning from August 2017, reports surfaced that American and Canadian diplomatic personnel in Cuba had suffered a variety of health problems, dating back to late 2016, and accusations were made that these were a result of attacks using unspecified technology. The phenomenon was dubbed the “Havana Syndrome”. In April 2018, U.S. diplomats in China began to report problems similar to those reported in Cuba. According to the New York Times, “microwave weapons” causing “sonic delusions and very real brain damage among embassy staff and family members” may have been deployed in this radiological attacks.
These incidences signpost the complex dimensions to cross-continental attacks among nations in 21st century. All countries of the world face threats of chemical, biological and radiological attacks today. Researchers at the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT) are acutely aware of the dangers posed to National Security from possible chemical, biological and radiological from the enemies of Nigeria, including single wolf attacks by terrorists. Consequently, NARICT researchers have turned their prodigious expertise to preempt such attacks with a view to stopping them from happening in the first place or providing a robust and effective official response to mitigate their effects on Nigerians and foreign residents in the country.
For National Security reasons therefore, NARICT is building Nigeria’s first facilities to prevent, detect and combat chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and improvised explosives device (IEDs) attacks in Nigeria and growing indigenous capacity to mitigate these threats in the country.
Essentially, decontamination in general is the removal of hazardous material from areas where it is not wanted. For instance, decontamination is utilized to reduce the dose that worker may receive from a component or surface, to reduce the potential for airborne Chemical, biological, radiological and agents, or to reduce the disposal cost associated with the component or the material.
The NARICT Decontamination Laboratories are in Zaria, but the Institute is willing to replicate it across the 36 states of the federation in collaboration with willing state governments to protect Nigerians from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and IEDs attacks. Having domesticated the expertise in handling these new levels of attacks, spreading it across the nation is imperative for national security reasons. Jobs would be created as NARICT trains state personnel to handle these decontamination centres built by their state governments.

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