The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons was established on 3rd May, 2021 by an Executive directive by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. This is in line with the Article 24 of ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
As the Pioneer National Coordinator it is my utmost desire to position the Centre in light of prevailing insecurity caused by wanton circulation of illicit arms in the country through its vision, mission and core values to promote an illicit arms-free society.
In the wake of the wanton destruction of lives and property occasioned by the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons, this is the time to have all hands on deck in support of the efforts of government at curbing security challenges confronting Nigeria today.
All well meaning Nigerians and stakeholders are enjoined to stand resolute in condemnation of any form of criminality especially the needless proliferation of illicit weapons. The NCCSALW urges all to eschew illicit circulation of arms and allow the effort of government in curbing insecurity created by the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria to be institutionalised and entrenched.
We need a weapons free society for development and socio-political well-being of citizens to thrive.
Major General AM Dikko (Rtd)
National Coordinator, NCCSALW