September 15, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday transmitted two executive bills on the proliferation of arms and explosives to the Senate.
The president is seeking to control the proliferation of arms as well as regulate the importation of explosives into the country.
The senate president, Ahmad Lawan, disclosed this during the plenary session on Tuesday in Abuja.
Lawan said the bills, ‘Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021’ and ‘Explosives Bill 2021,’ were accompanied by two separate letters dated August 26, 2021 and August 27, 2021, by the president.
President Buhari in the letter on the explosives bill said the request for its consideration was made pursuant to Section 58(2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The president said the Explosives Bill 2021 is to repeal the Explosives Act 1964, adding that the new Explosives Bill will regulate the manufacture, storage, possession, use, distribution, purchase, sale, transportation, importation, and exportation of explosives and other related matters.
The president, in the second letter, urged the Senate to consider the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons Bill 2021 to curb the insecurity in the country.