C/River Gov’t to Collaborate with FG on Combating Small Arms and Light Weapons Proliferation

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Governor Bassey Otu announced that the Cross River State government is dedicated to working with the Federal Government to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons NEGROIDHAVEN can say.

This partnership is crucial due to the state’s extensive borders, which present significant security challenges.

Speaking in his office during an audience with the management team of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), south-south zone, Governor Otu emphasized the importance of addressing the issue of small arms proliferation through a combination of economic, social, and kinetic strategies.

He underscored the need for effective control of small arms and light weapons to ensure the safety and security of the state.

Taking concrete steps to support this initiative, Governor Otu instructed his Commissioner for Lands to allocate land for the construction of a permanent zonal office for the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons within a week.

Acknowledging Cross River’s designation as the safest state in the country, Governor Otu expressed a desire to further enhance security measures.

He demanded for improved collaboration and synergy between the National Centre and local security agencies to exchange ideas and improve societal safety.

Major General Ifiok Obot rtd, the zonal coordinator of NCCSALW, highlighted the establishment of the National Centre in May 2021 through an Executive directive. Adding that the delegation’s visit signifies a significant step towards strengthening efforts to control the spread of small arms and light weapons.

He thanked the Cross River State government for being a good host to the Zonal center.