Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State has called for the proper registration and licensing of locally made guns and other small arms to curb insecurity in Nigeria.
Masari made the call in Katsina when members of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM) visited him, said PRNigeria, an agency that often disseminates government information to the media.
That visit took place after a two-day Capacity Enhancement Training for Security Operatives in Two Selected Communities in Nigeria, organised with the ECOWAS, European Union (EU), and UNDP.
He also called for the update of the legislation and liberalisation of the laws guiding ownership of firearms in the country in order to be better able monitor their movement and usage.
Masari commended the works of PRESCOM in sensitising the border communities and security agencies, but noted that the often neglected locally made arms also constitute equally nagging security challenge.
The leader of PRESCOM delegation, Amb. Ghali Umar, commended the governor the providing the enabling environment that ensured the success of the training programme.
Umar who represented the Chairman of PRESCOM, Amb. Emmanuel Imohe, informed the governor that community leaders and security agencies at the border communities have been properly sensitised on how to improve security against illegal arms flow, drugs and human traffickers.
PRESOM was inaugurated by the President in 2013 and to be the lead agency in the control of SALW in the country.