PASS THE BILL ON NATIONAL COMMISSION ON PROHIBITION OF IMPORTATION OF ILLEGAL ARMS AND AMMUNITION- D.G. NATFORCE URGES NASS.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
To provide adequate manpower that will be enough to police all the nooks and crannies of the country, over 500 persons were on Saturday confirmed eligible to join the National commission for the prohibition of Illegal Importation of arms, ammunition, light weapons, chemical weapons and pipeline vandalism.
The commission which still seeks an act from the national assembly to give due recognition and legal framework to it is also meant to provide employment to at least 300 people from each of the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
According to the Director General of the commission, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Osita Okereke, the first set of recruits who were drawn from Abia, Bayelsa and Rivers States will have the task of recruiting others from their localities in due course.
He said he hopes the senate will pass the bill as soon as possible to get to work.
He said the police personnel is not sufficient, hence the need to render assistance in the security of the nation which has been highly terrorized and kept in bondage by criminals.
Chief Okereke said they plan to partner with other security agencies to ensure criminals are fished out no matter their hideouts.
He also announced that the commission when fully operational will not be a burden to the federal government as it will generate revenue and at the same time help secure the nation.
The DG further explained that the commission is not interested in competing with any other outfits, and added that they need the protection of the police to work effectively since they are not armed.
The recruits had attended an orientation programme organized for them in Osisioma, where their command office is located and concluded the exercise with a passing out parade.