The federal government Wednesday initiated a bill seeking to outlaw the use of chemical weapons in the country.
While introducing the bill, President Goodluck Jonathan in a letter addressed to Senate President, David Mark, implored the senators to give the bill a deserved attention.
Tagged “Chemical Weapons Bill 2012,” the content of the bill is yet to be known but it was believed that initiation of the bill might not be unconnected with the persistent spate of terrorism being perpetrated by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
Most of the weapons so far employed by insurgent groups in bombing institutions and religious centres were Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which are believed to consist of chemical components that might be brought under control through an enabling law.
In the letter, Jonathan said: “I hereby introduce for formal consideration and enactment into law by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chemical Weapons Bill. While l hope that the bill will receive the usual expeditious attention of the distinguished members of the Senate, please accept, distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
When contacted on content of the bill, Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, said the senators only got to know about the bill yesterday through the president’s correspondence to the chamber, adding that they were yet to get copies of the bill to know its details.
However, chemical weapons are known to consist of toxic properties of chemical substances used to kill or inflict harm on people.
The president also introduced to the Senate, Pension Reform Bill for enactment into law and urged the senators to treat it with dispatch.
He also sought the confirmation of four non-executive members of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) following the expiration of tenures of some officers in the four geo-political zones of the country.
The nominees are Muhammad Kafarati (North-east), Collins Chikelube (South-east), Adeiza Adaba (North Central) and Ayuli Jemide (South-south).
FG Outlaw Use Of Chemical Weapons In Nigeria