Saturday, 23 February 2013

Nigeria Government Raises Panel on Commercial Explosive Control


 

Following current security challenges facing the country and especially the recent explosives induced blast in Lagos, the Federal Government of Nigeria has constituted a panel to check lapses in the importation, transportation, storage, sale, use and handling of “commercial explosives” in the country.

The Honorable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada said that the Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee consisting of relevant ministries and security agencies has been mandated to review control of importation of ammonium nitrate and blasting accessories used in the formation of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) by terrorists.

Speaking Thursday 21 February, 2013 in Abuja, the Minister said at a meeting that is was imperative that explosives, hitherto regarded as indispensable materials used in the mining sector do not get into the wrong hands. He blamed the private sector for the indiscriminate proliferation of such sensitive commodities while citing the tragic explosive detonations in Lagos recently.

“You are all aware; IEDs have been widely applied by terrorists in causing considerable damage to lives and properties especially in Northern part of the country”, he disclosed.

Although the impacts of the Government’s decision will be great on industries, especially those that rely on “commercial explosives” for their businesses, consumers of their products and services and the general public, but, I want us to share the concern of the Government and the move to guarantee the “welfare and security” of the people, not minding whose toes are stepped upon.Although the impacts of the Government's decision will be great on industries especially those that rely on "commercial explosives" for their businesses, consumers of their products and services and the general public, but we share the concern of Government and the decision to guarantee public safety and security irrespective of whose toe is stepped upon. Although the impacts of the Government's decision will be great on industries especially those that rely on "commercial explosives" for their businesses, consumers of their products and services and the general public, but we share the concern of Government and the decision to guarantee public safety and security irrespective of whose toe is stepped upon. Although the impacts of the Government's decision will be great on industries especially those that rely on "commercial explosives" for their businesses, consumers of their products and services and the general public, but we share the concern of Government and the decision to guarantee public safety and security irrespective of whose toe is stepped upon.    

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