The Federal Government has expressed hope that the Chemical and Biological Weapons Prohibition Bill currently before the National Assembly would be passed into law before the end of the 8th Assembly in June 2019.
The Chairman of the National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Convention (NACBWC) and Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Gabriel Aduda, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja.
He spoke at the opening of a three-day multi-stakeholders workshop on the “Role of Implementing Legislation on the Chemical Weapons Convention in Addressing Threats Arising from non-state Actors”, organised by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and NACBWC.
The workshop which is being attended by delegates from Algeria, United States, Sudan, Ethiopian, and Morocco among others, also have representatives of all Nigerian security agencies.
According to him, the bill which is a step towards domesticating the Chemical Weapons Convention in line with Article VII of the CWCP would also criminalize chemical weapons activities undertaken by state and non-state actors.
He said that when passed into law, the bill will proffer Nigeria a solid foundation on management of chemicals of security concern.