The nationwide exercise by the Ghana National Commission on Small Arms,(GNACSA), to mark all weapons of various security agencies is still on hold due to lack of funds.
The exercise entails a systematic embossment of guns with unique identification numbers in an easily identifiable and coherent manner.
Mr. Jones Borteye Applerh, Executive Director of the Commission who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in an interview said even though the exercise was in response to Article 13 of the ECOWAS Convention on small Arms and Light Weapons which Ghana was a signatory to, “we have stopped the marking because of lack of funding and other logistics,”.
He said that the exercise which started in 2014 had the objective of registering weapons of security agencies such as the military, police, prisons, immigration and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Mr. Aplerh appealed to the new government to provide the commission with the needed funding to ensure that all weapons in the country were marked to safeguard security in the country.
“As soon as my outfit is empowered with the necessary support especially funding, we will go back with the marking because it is a very useful thing that would lead to reduction of people who own guns, who are in the communities and sell illegal arms to people in vulnerable or trouble spots,” he said.
Mr. Aplerh said the misuse and the illegal possession of arms is a threat to the security of the country and the nations across the world.
He urged traditional rulers to contact the security agencies to register their weapons before firing during festivals, durbars among others.
Mr. Aplerh commended Ghanaians for a violence free election last year, adding that no single gun was retrieved from an individual or group of persons during the period unlike previous elections.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong