Arms Control: NSA Appoints Zonal Coordinators
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
The appointment of Zonal Coordinators for the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons has been approved by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) (NCCSALW).
This was revealed by the Centre’s National Coordinator, Major General AM Dikko (rtd), in a statement released by Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde following the NSA’s declaration.
The appointment of the Zonal Coordinators for the six geopolitical zones was under the mandate of the Centre and to further operationalize its activities towards the eradication of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) nationwide.
According to the statement, the appointed Zonal Coordinators comprise senior retired officers from the security agencies.
The appointees include; AVM HU Mohammed (rtd) for the North-West Zone, Major General HI Bature(Rtd) – North Central and Rear Admiral AS Mohammed (rtd) – North East. Others include Mr Akinlade Ben Sola (Rtd) from the Department of State Service for the South-West Zone, Major General Okechukwu Ugo (Rtd) – South-East and Major General IM Obot (Rtd) for the South-South Zone.
“The appointees are qualified senior experienced officers from the security agencies selected to administer the affairs of the Centre at the sub-national level. The appointment of the Zonal Coordinators closely follows the approval for the establishment of Zonal Centres in the 6 geopolitical zones namely, Kaduna, Minna, Maiduguri, Ado-Ekiti, Enugu and Calabar. The appointments were done in a bid to ensure the attainment of the Centre’s mandate in ensuring an Arms-Free society,” the statement read.