The continuous attacks that is happening across Nigeria and border countries has make President Muhammadu Buhari approve the establishment of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW).
In his statement that he released on jos official Twitter handle, President Muhammadu said that the centre will be under the Office of the National Security Adviser.
He added that the decision is for the sake that they restructure Nigeria security architecture and the aim is to address the Security threats that Nigeria are experience and strengthen regional mechanism for the control of small arms.
“The NCCSALW will replace the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) that is not function again and he will serve as institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of SALW for Nigeria.
“As one of the ways to tackle (security) threat, they new Centre will fulfil the requirement 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 for the small arms and weapons.”
The Centre will maintain international cooperation and also operate zonal offices for the six geopolitical zones for Nigeria for quick response and effective movement of resources.
Who Will be running things for the NCCSALW?
President Buhari has appointed Major General A.M Dikko (rtd) as the first National Coordinator of the centre.
Major General A.M Dikko (rtd) when is still active service for 2018
He has serve for many capacities for Nigeria and outside the country.
He is Course Director for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre and Chief Instructor of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre.
What is Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)?
According to the United Nations Small Arms include revolver and pistols, rifle and carbine, assault rifle, submachine gun and light machine gun.
Light weapons is heavy machine guns, hand-held under-barrel, mounted grenade launcher, portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft gun, recoilless rifle, portable launcher of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems, and mortars of calibers of less than 100mm.
November 2020, Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi said that 350 million of the 500 million illegal arms for West Africa, is in Nigeria.
Senator Abdullahi said this one when he commented on the report of the National Consultation on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) that the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) organise.
According to security experts, this kind many weapons for the country has increase things like kidnapping and insurgency.