HOUSE SEEKS END TO PROLIFERATION OF SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS IN NIGERIA
Reps Correspondent Ososanya Esther
A bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of National Commission against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, has passed second reading on the floor of the House Of Representatives.
The debate was presented by the Chief Whip of the House, Honourable Mohammed Monguno in Abuja, Thursday.
It was a heated debate today at the green Chambers, where honourable members expressed grave concerns over the influx of Small Arms and Light Weapons into the country through the porous borders and ports.
House Chief Whip Monguno who lead the debate had sort contributions of his colleagues to establish the Commission, so as to coordinate and implement activities to combat the problem of the Proliferation of weapons in the country.
He expressed that: ” it is also beyond dispute that there is Proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the hands of none state actors across the length and breadth of this country thereby escalating the problem of insecurity that has threatened to consume the corporate existence of this country to the extent that some people are bold enough to break some parts of Nigeria and declare a khaliphate because they are in possession of this small arms and light weapons that they can afford to engage our armed forces in defence of the territorial intergrity of this country”.
As every lawmaker in the house spoke in support of all the provisions in the bill, they argued that the Commission would help Nigeria in combating insecurity and crimes, especially in the insurgent prone North-East geopolitical zone as well as neighbouring borders.