River sediments are known to contain natural radionuclides, the concentrations of which if beyond certain limits can cause adverse health effects. The sediments from Ogun river provide large quantities of sand for construction purposes in Nigeria. Despite this, data are scarce on the natural radionuclides: 40K, 226Ra and 232Th distribution in the river sediments. This work was aimed at determining the spatial distribution of these natural radionuclides and their concentrations in the sediments of Ogun river, and to evaluate the radiological implications on the population living in houses built with the river sediments.
A total of 320 sediment samples were randomly collected along the course of the river; 60 in the
upper region (Igboho to Idi- Ata; Oyo – Ogun axis), 90 in the middle region (Olopade to Mile 8
Oba; Ogun –Lagos axis) and 170 in the lower region (Abata to Apa Osa; Lagos axis). The
number of samples collected in each region was determined by accessibility. The samples were
air dried, pulverized and sieved using a 2 mm mesh size. Two hundred and fifty grams of the
sieved samples were transferred into plastic containers of uniform sizes, sealed and left for 4
weeks to attain secular radioactive equilibrium. The activity concentrations of the natural
radionuclides in the samples were determined using gamma-ray spectrometer comprising 76mm
x 76mm NaI(Tl) detector coupled to a multichannel analyser. These concentrations together with
standard equations were used to evaluate indoor effective dose rates, radium equivalent, external
and internal hazard indices, representative gamma index and Excess Lifetime Cancer Risks
(ELCR) and results were compared with available data from India, Egypt and Turkey. Data were
analysed using descriptive statistics.
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