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NAFDAC blocking terrorists entry to chemical compounds for explosives – Director

The Director of Chemical Research and Evaluation on the National Drug Enforcement Agency, Dr. Leonard Omopariola, on Wednesday, stated the regulation and management of chemical within the nation have contributed to a discount in bombings by non-state actors, significantly within the North-East.

He highlighted that the laws, enforced by the National Counter-Terrorism Centre in collaboration with the National Drug Enforcement Agency and different entities, have made chemical compounds required for manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices and bombs scarce for terrorists.

Speaking on the Chemical Security Programme in Abuja, Omopariola additionally said that limiting entry to urea and guaranteeing its native manufacturing have prevented terrorists from utilizing it to make explosives.

He stated, “If you discover right here on this very nation, from 2015 until current, there haven’t been large instances of these bombings within the nation, particularly the North-East.

“I can stand right here in the present day as a result of I work with them and I need to sincerely thank all our legislation enforcement companies for that.

“One of the foremost issues that was carried out by the federal government, particularly from the Office of National Security Adviser and the Centre for Counterterrorism, in collaboration with NAFDAC is to ensure that the regulation and the management of those chemical compounds are refrained from the arms of people that need to use them for nefarious actions.

“We additionally guarantee we don’t enable easy accessibility to urea, amongst others, that I gained’t need to title as a result of in addition they may very well be used to make explosives.

“The government has also supported the local manufacturing of urea. So all these are done to be able to ensure  that there’s safety and security in the country.”

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He famous that the idea of chemical safety gained prominence after the World Trade Centre assault within the United States of America.

Omopariola said that after the assault, one of many measures taken to stop a reoccurrence was the regulation of chemical compounds.

He stated, “The actual idea of chemical safety began after September, what we name Sep 11 occurred. It was the assault on the World Trade Centre. And it’s from there that the impression of chemical compounds, particularly what chemical compounds can be utilized to provide got here to mild. Chemicals are used to provide Improvised Explosive Devices and the remainder of them.

“After that incident, numerous ideas have been developed. One of them is the CSP, the Chemical Safety Security Programme of the United States, which we’re implementing right here now.

“The CSP is to keep the chemicals safe so that people who have nefarious activities, such as non-state actors, terrorists, and the rest of them will not have access to those chemicals to manufacture bombs among others.”

The Senior Director for Responsible Care, American Chemistry Council Washington, Dan Rozniak, stated there was additionally a necessity for international locations and industries to observe  Responsible Care.

He stated, “We have programmes in Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, and Kenya.  But there’s a lot of international locations right here the place there are chemical compounds both manufactured or used.  We really feel that Responsible Care could also be an acceptable programme to be adopted by the trade in African international locations. Nigeria is a kind of international locations that we’ve recognized as being, hopefully, location.

“Well, I think we’ve seen benefits  around the world of taking on Responsible Care, having a programme which identifies specific requirements  that companies need to follow.”

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