June 19, 2024

We won’t develop or acquire biological weapons, Nigeria assures int’l community



By Omeiza Ajayi

The Federal Government has re-affirmed its commitment to the Biological Weapons Convention, saying it has no plans of developing, producing, acquiring or retaining biological weapons.

It said its decision is in line with the international community’s efforts at addressing the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction WMD.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, restated Nigeria’s position on Wednesday in Abuja at the Stakeholders Forum on Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention In Nigeria.

Director, Information and Public Relations in the SGF’s office, Segun Imohiosen who disclosed this in a statement said the event was organized by the National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions NAC&BWC in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation OSGF in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs UNODA.

Represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Prof. Bolaji Babatunde, the SGF said Nigeria being signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention of 10th July, 1972, is committed to abiding by the Convention which stipulates that no states parties should develop, produce, acquire or retain biological weapons.

“In furtherance of its commitment to implementing the dictates of the Convention, he stated that the Federal Government through the National Authority on Chemical & Biological Weapons Convention NAC&BWC has set up an Inter-Ministerial Council which comprised over 42 members drawn from relevant Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Organized Private Sector and the Academia charged with the responsibility of providing requisite policy guidance and direction on issues relating to Biological Weapons Convention implementation through collaboration and cross-fertilization of ideas”, the statement added. 

Earlier, Chief of the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit in Geneva, Mr Daniel Feakes, expressed satisfaction at the commitment of the Federal Government in the comprehensive implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention which has helped in reducing the proliferation of small arms and other dangerous weapons that may pose threats to citizens.

In her goodwill message, Director-General/CEO of National Bio-safety Management Agency NBMA, Dr. Agnes Yemisi Asagbra thanked the SGF for his immense support to the Agency in the discharge of its statutory obligations, assuring of its determination to ensure bio-security of the nation.