January 27, 2023



Reps’ small arms management invoice inches nearer to ultimate passage

A Invoice looking for institution of the Nigeria Nationwide Fee in opposition to the Proliferation of Small Arms and Gentle Weapons, has moved nearer to its ultimate passage by the Home Representatives.

Report of the Committee on Nationwide Safety and Intelligence, to which the Invoice was referred  obtained the consideration of the Home and a unanimous adoption on Wednesday on the committee of the entire, chaired by Deputy Speaker Idris Wase.

Chairman of the Nationwide Safety and Intelligence Committee, Hon. Shaaban Sharada, representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency of Kano State in presenting synopsis of the report recalled that the Invoice was launched on the Ground of the Home in 2019, and subsequently referred to the panel, pursuant to Order 12 Rule 2 after the second studying.

He stated the Committee held a Public Listening to on Monday, twenty seventh September, 2021, and that memoranda and inputs obtained from the assorted stakeholders had been subjected to additional technical evaluation and the report of the committee laid on the ground of the Home on twenty first July 2022.

“It’s instructive to notice that ECOWAS member states think about the proliferation of small arms and lightweight weapons to represent a significant risk to peace and stability inside member states. They’re deeply involved on the circulation of small arms and lightweight weapons into West Africa and recognise the necessity to management arms transfers. They acknowledge the necessity to stop, fight and eradicate the illicit manufacture, extreme accumulation, trafficking, detention and use of small arms and lightweight weapons.

“In mild of this, and recognizing the rules and obligations contained in earlier agreements, member states agreed to the articles contained in Conference on Small Arms and Gentle Weapons.

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“This Invoice subsequently, seeks to determine a Nationwide Institutional framework to implement the provisions of the ECOWAS Conference on Small Arms and Gentle Weapons 2006”, he stated, including that “This may go an extended method to promote and make sure the coordination of concrete measures for efficient management of Small Arms and lightweight Weapon (SALW) within the nation”.

With the committee’s suggestions adopted by the Home, it’s anticipated that clear copies of the Invoice shall be made accessible to members, pursuant to its ultimate and third studying within the Home, earlier than transmission to the Senate for concurrence.