One of the decisions made as part of the ongoing restructuring of Nigeria’s security architecture to address emerging threats and strengthen regional mechanisms for the control, prevention and regulation of SALW was the establishment of a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW).
President Muhammadu approved its establishment and it will be domiciled in the Office of the National Security Adviser.
The NCCSALW is set to replace the defunct Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons and shall serve as the institutional mechanism for policy guidance, research and monitoring of all aspects of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Nigeria.
Report has it that the new Centre will be fulfilling the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on Import, Export, and Manufacture of Light Weapons as well as the UN Plan of Action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in SALW.
However, the Center will maintain international cooperation and also operate zonal offices in the Six Geopolitical Zones to enhance quick response and effective mobilization of resources.