National Authority on Chemical & Biological Weapons Convention

INTRODUCTION

The Political and Economic Affairs Office serves as the Secretariat of the National Authority on Chemical Weapons Convention which helps to facilitate Nigeria’s fulfillment of its obligation as a State Party to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Similarly, in October 2003, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation approved that the Secretary National Authority on CWC should take on the additional responsibility for the implementation of the Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in Nigeria. Since then, the implementation of both the CWC & BTWC are supervised by the secretariat now designated as the National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (NAC&BWC).

FUNCTIONS

The functions of NAC&BWC comprise of the following:

  • To coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions;
  • To serve as the National Focal Point for effective coordination of the activities of the relevant MDAs in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention (CWC&BWC);
  • Inspection of Chemical Industry
  • Submitting initial and annual declarations to OPCW
  • Act as the liaison for relevant stakeholders in relation with the OPCW based in The Hague, Netherlands and BTWC based in Geneva, Switzerland, for effective implementation of the Chemical & Biological Weapons Conventions, respectively;
  • Sensitizing the relevant stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Toxin Weapons Convention through meetings/Workshops;
  • Fostering the peaceful use of chemistry;
  • Assisting States Parties, which are threatened by, or have suffered chemical attack.


MEMBERS OF THE INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE

Members of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions include the following:

  • National Authority on Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (NAC&BWC);
  • Ministry of Defence (Defence Headquarters);
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA);
  • Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMS&T);
  • Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv);
  • Federal Ministry of Education (FMEdu);
  • Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (FMPR);
  • Federal Ministry of Justice (FMoJ);
  • Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH);
  • Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMI&C);
  • Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI;
  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMA&RD);
  • Federal Ministry of Interior (FMoI)
  • Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA);
  • Directorate of State Services (DSS);
  • National Intelligence Agency (NIA);
  • Nigeria Immigration Agency (NIS);
  • Nigeria Customs Service (NCS);
  • Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
  • Federal Fire Service (FFS);
  • National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC);
  • National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA);
  • National Universities Commission (NUC);
  • National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA);
  • National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA);
  • National Orientation Agency (NOA);
  • National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT)
  • University of Abuja (UNIABUJA);
  • Sheda Science and Technology complex (SHESTCO)
  • Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN);
  • Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce,
  • Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA);
  • Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON);
  • Nigeria Police Force (NPF);
  • Institute of Chartered Chemist of Nigeria (ICCN);
  • Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN) (Abuja Chapter).