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The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Pius Birimana has briefed members of the media on the status of the Chemical Safety and  Security Programme (CHESASE). This was during a Project Steering Committee meeting for the Programme at the Ministry Headquaters on 23rd Octoober, 2018. The Programme is aimed at strengthening institutional, technical and operational capabilities in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) safety and security measures at workplaces. CRBNE materials provide society with a wide range of benefits, particularly in agriculture (e.g. fertilizers), industry (e.g. industrial chemicals for manufacturing) and health sectors (e.g. diagnosis and treatment of diseases).

However, CBRNE materials if misused or failure to follow best practice from production, transportation, use and disposal have potential to cause high risk to the safety and health of the citizens. Because the effects of CBRNE incidents are multi-dimensional, the implementation has taken on a multi-sectoral approach including Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (UPDF), Ministry of Internal Affairs (Uganda Police Force), Uganda Revenue Authority and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

The Programme is expected to contribute to enhancement of Uganda’s ability to mitigate and prevent CBRNE safety and security risks/incidents from occurring
In attendance at the meeting were the Representative of the Chief of Defence Forces, AIGP Byakagaba Abbas representing IGP, a Representative from URA and Ministry of Finance among others.

Find a full copy of the PSs Press statement here >>> PS CHESASE Press Remarks

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