The Nigerian Government has cautioned producers and marketers of chemical weapons against allowing it into the hands of non-state actors.
Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, gave the warning at a sensitisation workshop in Kano on Tuesday.
The workshop was organised by the federal government to educate major stakeholders in the North west on sound management of chemicals as part of measures to prevent its getting into wrong hands.
Aduda said the workshop was also aimed at promoting awareness and safety, by strengthening the understanding of stakeholders on proper handling of chemical and biological weapons.
Aduda said chemical producers, marketers, transporters and users, as well as regulatory authorities involved in implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) participated in the workshop.
”The objective among others, is to raise awareness among relevant national stakeholders and representatives of the chemical industries in the North -West zone on the CWC and its national implementation in relation to the chemical industry.
“Ensure that chemical weapons imported into the country are used for the purposes for which they are meant and government also makes sure that these chemicals do not get into the hands of non-state actors; it will have great repercussions,” he explained.
The permanent secretary said similar workshops were held in Lagos and Port harcourt.
Some of the participants commeded the federal government for organising the event, which they said had enhanced their knowledge on how best to handle chemical weapons.
They urged the government to evolve a National Action Plan to guide and regulate the use and threat of chemical weapons in Nigeria.