The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to embrace and adopt the report of the “Silencing the Guns” project to silence illegal acquisition of weapons in Africa.

The House also expressed concern that SIM cards hitherto barred in the country remain functional across Nigerian borders, especially in neigbouring countries.

It asked the National Communications Commission (NCC) and telecom operators to ensure that once SIM cards are barred in the country, they cannot be used in any other part of the world.

Adopting a motion on notice brought by Ahmed Munir (APC, Kaduna), the House also asked relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to key into the roadmap.

The Green Chamber urged the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to fully adopt the report and pass it down to other relevant security agencies.

Silencing the Gun campaign by the African Union (AU) is aimed at promoting, preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in Africa by targeting various ways illegal weapons exchange hands in the continent.

In December 2020, the AU decided to extend the initiative until 2030.

Munir explained that “Silencing the Guns 2030” is a flagship roadmap project adopted in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2016 by the African Union with the aim of realising a Conflict-Free Africa by the year 2030.

The lawmaker also said the concept of silencing the guns is borne out of the observation that Africa is the scene of numerous violent conflicts that make the desired economic and political integration of the continent difficult.

“As part of the AU’s Agenda 2063, the AU sought to ensure that Africa is characterised by peace, political tolerance and good governance. “Initially, the roadmap was to be achieved by 2020, of which the continent fell short, and the goal was further extended to 2030.

“Peace and security matters across Africa are interwoven and the continent cannot afford to further miss the 2030 set target,” he added.