The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), in collaboration with the Nigerian national authorities, is organizing a series of workshops on "Validation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Administrative Procedures".
The activities will be held from 12 to 15 December 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel of Abuja.
These workshops are part of the project "Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM)" in the Sahel region financed by the European Union and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and take into account six Sahel countries namely: Burkina Faso, Chad Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
The PSSM project in the Sahel carries the support of the United Nations and the European Union to security and stability in the Sahel region in order to help the States to prevent the diversion and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) as well as their ammunition, by improving the physical security and stockpile management.
This second phase of the project comes after the first phase, which consisted of a process of presenting the PSSM concept to the stakeholders, raising awareness, examining the legislations and administrative procedures relating to PSSM and holding national consultations through workshops in the beneficiary countries. This initial phase of the project was completed by a regional conference which gathered stakeholders of beneficiary countries.
The current phase of the project has two components: the technical component which is the rehabilitation of the pilot sites for the storage of weapons and the capacity building component, which aims at developing operational and administrative standards adapted to the context of each beneficiary country.
For four days, national and international experts working in the security field will look at the issue in order to review the situation of the PSSM and the relevant issues related to the security sector in the Sahel region and especially in Nigeria. Also will be reviewed and validated SOPs and administrative procedures based on international standards such as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).