Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September, SecTransNAS developed trainings and workshops for Nigerien collectives involved in the Transport of Hazardous Chemical and Biological Goods (TDG), i.e. transport chain actors, security services, customs and civil protection.

These activities, which are part of a second and final cycle of actions planned in the project, this time being much more practical, benefited from the presence of the National Focal Point, Mr. Kambeidou Abdelnasser and the on-site technical advisor (OSA) of the Regional Office, Mr. Nicolas JAL.

Both spoke at the opening session; the former to encourage participants to make the most of the activities that would take place afterwards by acquiring effective tools to address TDG issues in the country and the latter to not only introduce the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence but also to give an overview of ongoing projects in the region.

The workshops and training sessions led by experts from the implementers FIIAPP, ADELFAS, and MIHE aimed to share best practices in the transport of dangerous goods with the Nigerien representatives.

Thus, during three days, aspects such as operational safety and security protocols, practical guidelines for transport chain participants, security plans, and training for first responders were addressed. In this sense, various tools such as posters, videos and guides were proposed to the participants.

During the discussions that took place, several representatives of transport unions, present at the activities, intervened to expose the difficulties their sector is facing to ensure daily safety and security. They especially highlighted the state of the vehicles which do not always comply with the standards suggested during the activities. The Nigerien technicians from the Ministry of Transport demonstrated through their interventions that they have a perfect knowledge of the reality of TDG in their country and reassured everyone by sharing with the audience the measures envisaged by the competent authorities in this field.

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