OrderPaperToday – The Senate, on Tuesday, received two executive bills transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari on gun control and regulation of the importation and exportation of explosives in the country.
The titles of the bills are: the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021; and Explosives Bill 2021.
The transmission of both bills were accompanied by two separate letters dated 26th and 27th August, 2021, respectively as read out during the commencement of plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
Lawan explained that the request for the consideration and eventual passage of the bill was made pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
According to President Buhari, “the Explosives Bill 2021 seeks to repeal the Explosives Act 1964 and enact the Explosives Act, to regulate the manufacture, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives and for related matters.”
In the other letter dated 26th August, 2021, President Buhari requested the red chamber to consider and enact the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021, as means to curb the spate of insecurity across the country.
The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), I forward herewith, the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 for the kind consideration of the Senate.
“The Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 seeks to transform the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons into a National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons under the office of the National Security Adviser.
“National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, when fully operational used, would go a long way at expressing Nigeria’s optimism and practical commitment to the global fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, including the mopping up of existing Small Arms and Light Weapons which have become a significant driver of insecurity across the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The submission of the two bills on gun control and explosives by the President coincides with the call by Senate President, Lawan, for more funding to security agencies to combat insecurity in the country.