The Study Centre for Social Action (CEPAS) houses, from Monday 20 to Friday, June 24, 2016, the project coordination meeting RAF 0041 on “Sharing experience in preventive maintenance of nuclear facilities.” Twenty-four experts from different nationalities eighteen countries take part. These include: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, of the United Republic of Tanzania, Tunisia, Sudan, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The opening ceremony was marked by four speeches delivered respectively by the General Commissioner for Atomic Energy and the National Liaison Officer, Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, the National Coordinator AFRA, Professor Sébastien Luyindula Ndiku, the expert the international Atomic energy Agency (IAEA), Yacouba Diawara and the Deputy Director of the office of the Minister of Scientific and technological Research.
Nuclear power at the base of the socio-economic development of most advanced countries called
In his welcome address, the Commissioner General for Atomic Energy and the National Liaison Officer, Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba, began by thanking the International Agency of Atomic Energy for choosing the DR Congo to host the last meeting coordination registered under the RAF0041 project. To this end, he reassured him of the availability of this country to its infrastructure and resources for the training of the African elite in the field of nuclear science and technology.
Going back to history, Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba recalled that a few years ago, nuclear world going for the third time in its history, by a major accident: the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. This accident will dominate for a long debates on bienfondés of nuclear energy in the world. Although primarily due to natural events, this accident does not diminish the potential of civil nuclear energy and its many benefits to humanity.
According to the Commissioner General for Atomic Energy and the National Liaison Officer, today nuclear energy is the basis of socio-economic development of most so-called “advanced” countries. His mastery, he stressed, is not only the evidence of national prestige, but also a technological expertise that puts all these nations at the head of world powers still have a say in the
concert of nations.
Behind every accident, observed Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba is either man or technology that are suspected to be the cause. Hence, according to him, the importance of this meeting. For it is time to exchange on the role of preventive maintenance of scientific and medical instruments. Science, he noted, is nothing without experience, and scientific experience is based 80% on the quality of the equipment. To give a really satisfactory results, measuring equipment should be subject to serious maintenance program, both in terms of preventive maintenance and in terms of curative maintenance.
Professor Vincent Lukanda Mwamba rest finally convinced that over the four years of the RAF 0041 project every African country was able to make the best of it, endowing its resource maintenance laboratories both human and instrumental . His most ardent wish: at the close of 0041 RAF project, that our continent has had time to train its managers to meet the challenges of having expertise in place to deal with many maintenance problems still posed scientific instruments in our country.