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THE NEW BOARD CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION, REV. DR. PAUL FRIMPONG-MANSO, OUTLINES HIS VISION
|The newly constituted Board of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, chaired by Reverend Dr. Paul Frimpong-Manso|
The newly constituted Board of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, chaired by Reverend Dr. Paul Frimpong-Manso, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Ghana, held its maiden meeting on 13th September, 2017 at the Conference Hall of the Local Government Secretariat in Accra.
In his welcome address to the New Members of the Board, the Chairman outlined his vision for the Commission for the next three and half years.
According to Rev. Frimpong Manso, he plans to focus on two key areas during his Chairmanship.
- The Commission becoming a repository of data on small arms and light weapons and armed violence in Ghana.
- The Commission being the lead Agency for policy initiatives and interventions in the fight against the proliferation of small arms and armed violence prevention in Ghana.
During deliberations at the meeting, Rev. Frimpong Manso noted with concern, the regional distribution of civilians small arms possession in Ghana as reported by the Baseline Survey on small Arms conducted by the Commission in 2014. According to the report, the Northern Region recorded 39% of the total illicit small arms availability in Ghana, the highest among all the ten regions. The report further indicated that the protracted Dagbon conflict in the Northern Region and the associated security issues partly explain the rather high percentage of illicit small arms availability in the Northern Region.
While calling for stronger and renewed efforts by all stakeholders to deal with the high numbers of illicit small arms in the Northern Region and other parts of the Country, Rev Frimpong-Manso called for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the underlying causes of numerous conflicts in Ghana which actually fuel the demand for illicit small arms.
Another issue of concern for the Chairman was the country’s porous borders which also facilitate the smuggling of illicit small arms into Ghana. While noting this challenge, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso commended the various Security Agencies at the frontline of our Borders for some of the remarkable seizures of smuggled small arms made over the years despite having to work under challenging situations. He, however, urged the Security Agencies at the country’s borders not to relent in their efforts but continue to be diligent in their duties to check the smuggling of illicit small arms into Ghana.
In concluding, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso called on all persons residing in Ghana, both Ghanaians and Non-Ghanaians, to join in the fight against the proliferation of illicit small arms in Ghana. He said that the fight against illicit small arms proliferation is not only a duty of the Commission and the Security Agencies but a shared responsibility. He added that the abuse of illicit small arms does not only present a security challenge but also affects Ghana’s development in general.
He assured Ghanaians that the Commission and the Security Agencies will do their best to combat small arms proliferation but admonished all persons residing in Ghana to volunteer credible information on illicit small arms and armed violence to the Security Agencies in a reliable and timely manner.
Updated: 14th September 2017