The Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) has assured the Arms Trade Treaty, ATT of the government’s resolve to re-invigorating the nation’s mechanisms to address reporting deficit.
General Magashi gave this assurance in a message to the opening ceremony of A – 4 Day National Training Workshop with the theme;
“Strengthening Inter-Agency Cooperation in Treaty Implementation and Reporting in Nigeria”
The project organised by the Ministry of Defence in partnership with the International Action Network Small Arms,(iansa) women Network Nigeria is supported by the Arms Trade Treaty Voluntary Trust Fund (ATT – VTF) as captured under the 2020 Project Cycle.
The Minister of Defence who was represented by the Director of Joint Services Department, JSD and National Focal Point Ministry of Defence, Mrs Olu Mustapha told the Stakeholders to take maximum benefits of the training Workshop towards understanding their role in the reporting system.
He, therefore, challenged Participants to come up with solutions and resolutions that will promote stakeholders cooperation and to close the perceived knowledge gap undermining the Implementation of the treaty and reporting role in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Musa Istifanus, represented by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Benson Odama said the training is part of efforts by the Ministry to decisively promote the needed cooperation among the Stakeholders.
The Head, ATT Secretariat, Domisani Dladla expressed satisfaction with the huge turnout of participants at the training and commended the Federal Government for the leadership role Nigeria is playing in the ATT as well as her significant contributions to regional and global security and stability.
Editing by Tola Oguneye