House of Representatives receives bill on arms control, explosives importation

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The House of Representatives has received the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 and the Explosives Bill 2021.

In a communication to Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, President Muhammadu Buhari said the bill was to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons into a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Mr. Gbajabiamila while reading out the communication to the House said the bill was to reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country.

“National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, when fully operationalized, would go a long way at expressing Nigeria’s optimism and practical commitment to the global fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, including the mopping up of existing Small Arms and Light Weapons that have become a significant driver of insecurity across the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” The letter added.

The explosive Bill 2021 on the other hand was to regulate the manufacture, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives.

The President also sent a request for the concurrence approval for projects under 2018-2022 External Borrowing Plan for speedy implementation and National Development.

 

 

 

 

 

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