NIPSS committed to tackling proliferation of small arms – Director-General
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru is on course to address the issues of proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country.
The worrisome cases of conflicts in the country, especially within the North-Central zone, has necessitated for a critical study, which believing would create a better solution in addressing the situation bedeviling the nation.
The Director-General of the Institute, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Banded, disclosed this during a press conference to newsmen at NIPSS Kuru, near Jos, on Monday.
He said, for the past four years, the Federal Government has given utmost attention in the implementation of strategic recommendations brought to the forefront of solving national challenges from the institute.
According to the professor, “three years ago, there was a study on conflicts that engulfed Plateau State alone, which did not cover the entire north-central zone of the country.”
The DG stated further that, the new study on proliferation of small arms and light weapons would cover the region and look into how those arms are gotten and used in causing mayhem within the region, and proffer a better solution in addressing them.
According to him, the Senior Course 37, in which participants would be graduated on Saturday, 21/11/2015, has undergone series of studies in all aspects of national development.
Prof. Banded explained further that, the 63 participants have submitted recommendations on problems bedeviling Nigeria’s educational system for the past 10 years with a holistic strategically approach in addressing them from primary to tertiary levels in the country.
He reiterated that, for the past 4 years, the Federal Government has worked with the recommendations in all aspects of national development, part of which was the “accord” signed by former President, Goodluck Jonathan and, currently, President Muhammadu Buhari, before the 2015 general election in the country for ensuring that, peace remains the priority of every politician in the country.
The DG further explained that as an institution of great repute in the African continent, they only work in the interest of the nation and the African continent towards contributing to the universal goal in the world.
According to him, “we just concluded a training to all political parties in the country, urging them to brief the Institute on the mission statement of each of the parties – what they have been doing to the growth of our nation.”
Prof. Banded said that, “for the first time, we were able to bring other political parties in some countries within the African continent to learn from each other; this we believed would contribute and straighten the democratic process of the continent in general.”