As part of measures to stave off a possible terrorist resort to the use of chemical and biological weapons, the Federal Government is working with the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to halt the proliferation of such weapons.
This, the government hopes to achieve, by ensuring stricter control of the purchase and use of the weapons.
Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador OLUKUNLE BAMGBOSE, announced at the opening of a five-day National Workshop on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons in Abuja.
The workshop, which was organized in collaboration with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, seeks to strengthen the understanding of actors in handling issues relating to chemical and biological weapons.
OLUKUNLE, who is also the Chairman, National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Convention, said the collaboration with ECOWAS would deepen import controls within the sub-region.
He expressed optimism that the workshop would improve the relationship between Nigeria and its allies, while also assisting participants to discharge their mandates effectively.
On his part, Head of ECOWAS Political Affairs Office, HALIMA AMEH, said the workshop was aimed at promoting chemical awareness and safety in the sub-region and to support our member-states in responding to threats of use of chemical and biological weapons.