The Federal Government has been alerted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the need to prevent terrorists from accessing biological and chemical weapons in its fight against terrorism.
Since terrorists such as the Boko Haram insurgents and Niger-Delta militants use chemicals for improvised explosives, there is the need for tighter controls.
Speaking on Monday at the ECOWAS Secretariat Abuja during the opening of a workshop on ‘Assistance and Protection against Chemical Weapons, ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed, said;
“ECOWAS is committed to ensuring that chemical and biological weapon threats are not allowed with the consequences of their usage in Syria and other parts of Middle East. On no account should Boko Haram insurgents and Niger Delta militants be allowed to have access to chemical and biological weapons in Nigeria or other terror groups in Africa.”
Mrs. Halima Ahmed, said the workshop was aimed at promoting chemical awareness and safety in the sub-region and to support ECOWAS member-states in responding to threats of use of chemical and biological weapons.
According to her, it is the desire of ECOWAS that at the end of the project, its members should be able to provide assistance and protection to their citizens and where possible to other member-states in the sub-region.
The event was organised by the National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (NAC/BWC) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) under the auspices of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Hague, Netherlands, the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS.
Permanent secretary political and economic affairs and chairman of the NAC/BWC office, Ambassador Olukunle Bamgbose said the event seeks to evolve a national action plan to guide and regulate the use and threat to the use of chemical weapons in Nigeria among others.