December 14, 2017

Dogara tasks ECOWAS leaders on stricter laws against small arms (SUN)

Dogara tasks ECOWAS leaders on stricter laws against small arms (SUN)

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called for stricter laws to combat the proliferation of small arms across the West African sub-region.

Delivering the opening remarks at the parliamentary conference on Containment of Small Arms Proliferation and Terrorist Financing in ECOWAS, which held in Abuja, on Thursday, Speaker Dogara, identified the high rate of youth unemployment as the major reason young people get involved in violent crime.

The Speaker, who made reference to a report of the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime which described West Africa as paradise for organised crime due to weak borders, corruption and other such factors, also decried the adverse effect of widespread insecurity on efforts towards meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

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