The Federal Government has approved the establishment of the National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW).
Zakariya Usman, the Head, Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser made this known in a statement on Monday, May 3. According to reports, the new center will be situated in the office of the National Security Adviser and the Pioneer Coordinator appointed is in the person of Retired Major General AM Dikko.
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Not only will the center serve as a National Focal Point on SALW in Nigeria and lead a multi-stakeholder process comprising Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and the Civil Society in implementing all national, UN, and ECOWAS but will also operate zonal offices in the six Geopolitical Zones to establish swift response and effective deployment of resources.
The statement read;
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) to be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser.
“The NCCSALW replaces the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research, and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria.
“This decision is part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen the regional mechanism for the control, prevention, and regulation of SALW.
“The impact of the proliferation of SALW across national borders in Africa and the Sahel region has resulted in terrorism, human trafficking, organized crime, and insurrections in West Africa and Nigeria. Therefore, as one of the measures in tackling this threat, the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.”