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Centre seeks media collaboration to achieve control of small arms

National Coordinator of the Centre, retired Major General Abbah Dikko (Right) and the Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Mohammed

The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons wants to collaborate with the Media in the Fight against Illicit Circulation of Arms in the country.

The National Coordinator of the Centre, Abbah Dikko stated this when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Mohammed in Abuja.

They discussed the impact of the circulation of illicit arms in the country and areas of mutual cooperation between the Centre and the NTA in an effort to prevent and control the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons in the society.

According to Dikko, being mindful of the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons as one of the key enablers fueling insecurity in the country, the visit provided a forum for the Centre to share with the NTA its efforts towards checking the trend.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the establishment of the Centre on 3 May 2021 following a review of the security architecture of the country.

Sequel to his appointment, the National Coordinator began engagements with stakeholders through courtesy calls and other instruments of cooperation towards the operationalisation of the Centre’s core functions.

 The visit of the National Coordinator availed the opportunity to acquaint the Director-General of NTA with the mission and objectives of the Centre as well as progress made towards the actualization of its core mandate.

The National Coordinator also briefed the Director-General NTA on the progress made so far towards collaborating and sensitising stakeholders on expected deliverables in the achievement of a peaceful and arms-free Nigeria.

The Director-General of NTA in his response commended the timely initiative of Mr President in establishing the Centre.

He, however, raised concerns on the presence of some fake individuals and organizations parading themselves as legitimate authorities for the control of arms in the country. 

He identified with the Centre as the organization mandated to prevent and control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in collaboration with stakeholders towards strengthening peace and security in Nigeria.

He recommended that efforts be made to out-rightly stop all other illegitimate organizations purporting to have the mandate of control of small arms and light weapons in the country.

The NTA Director-General pledged his unflinching support to the Centre in the actualization of its mandate of ridding Nigeria of illicit arms.

Reporting by Tersoo Zamber, editing by Daniel Adejo