By Bukar Bolori
The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) has revealed the plan to establish it’s Zonal Headquarters in Enugu to aid the government’s proposed move at eradicating the spread of illicit arms in the polity.
The plan was disclosed on Tuesday during a courtesy call on Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State by a delegation of the NCCSALW led by it’s National Coordinator, Major General Abba Mohammed Dikko (Rtd).
In his opening remarks, the National Coordinator notified the Governor of the Centre’s decision to establish a Zonal Headquarters in Enugu in pursuant to its mandate of eradicating the spread of illicit arms in the polity.
A statement signed on Wednesday on behalf of the National Coordinator NCCSALW by Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde said the courtesy call afforded a platform to discuss the impact of the circulation of illicit arms within the society and areas of mutual cooperation between NCCSALW , Enugu State and indeed the Eastern geopolitical zone in the whole-of-nation effort at preventing and controlling the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons(SALW) in the society.
Dikko recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the establishment of NCCSALW on 3 May 2021 following the review and implementation of the security architecture of Nigeria.
He said domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser(ONSA), the Centre has since commenced efforts towards operationalising the Centre’s core functions.
He noted that part of the Centre’s ongoing initiatives to actualise its mandate is the establishment of Zonal centres in the 6 geo-political zones for the achievement of a peaceful and arms-free Nigeria.
He said accordingly, collaborative efforts with stakeholders and indeed all tiers of government would ensure success in the feat to eradicate illicit proliferation of SALW in the society.
Dikko in his closing remarks commended the Governor‘s immense efforts towards ensuring a peaceful and secure Enugu State, while soliciting for his support, and calling on the Governor to support the Centre’s vision of ridding Nigeria of illicit arms in the society.
He revealed that the Zonal Centre would serve as a solid platform for quick response and discharge of resources as well as ensure seamless implementation of policies and expeditious arrest and prosecution of criminals in possession of SALW.
In his response, Governor Ugwuanyi commended the timely initiative of establishing the Zonal Centre in Enugu. He identified with NCCSALW and recognised the Centre as the organisation mandated to prevent and control the proliferation of SALW in Nigeria towards strengthening peace and security in the society.
He pledged to support the Centre in the establishment of the Zonal Centre in a choice area in Enugu.