Partners Review Small Arms Project first quarter implementationApr 18, 2016
The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) and partners have concluded a day-long National Technical Committee review meeting on the first quarter implementation of the ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project.
The ECOWAS-EU Small Arms Project is a $5.5 million (Euro) pilot project covering seven countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Nigeria (2015-2017), funded by EU and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
It seeks to among other things, create awareness on the dangers link to the small arms and light weapons proliferation, build capacities of national institutions, including civil society organizations and security forces and carry out community-based development projects implementation.
In his introductory statement at the opening of the day long first quarter meeting of the National Technical Committee, the Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms said the Technical Committee meeting presents an opportunity for ensuring that the challenges identified receive early response from the steering Committee that is expected to meet late April in Nigeria.
“At this juncture, I would like to recognize and appreciate the invaluable support of all of the partners without which this progress we have made thus far would not have been possible….Particularly grateful to ECOWAS and the EU for their immense support towards the attainment of peace and stability in the sub-region, particularly the Mano River Basin.
I am pleased to recognize the contributions made by other partners, including the UNDP, UNMIL, state security agencies, Mano River Union (MRU) Liberia Country Office and the Liberia Action Network on Small Arms…” Chairman James Fromayan said.
Also speaking, the Political Counselor of the EU Delegation to Liberia, Emma Sunblad said the proliferation of small arms and light weapons pose an obvious danger to the peace and security of Liberia and across its borders to other countries.
Madam Sunblad said the full implementation of the project is particularly important at this time in Liberia as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down and the country gears up for elections in 2017.
She said she was glad that the project was being implemented by Liberian authorities through the Liberia National commission on Small Arms engaging the communities in seeking ways of making their communities free and safe.
“These communities will see Liberian government officials very much in the lead of this project taking it forward and providing benefits to the communities….To me, that’s the very important part of this project,” the EU Delegation to Liberia Political Counselor said.
Madam Sundblad added: “Liberia’s security is in the hands Liberians themselves”
For his part, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Political and Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey pledged the United Nations continuous support to the project and all efforts aim at maintaining peace and stability in Liberia.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security, Alfred Koiwood has assured that the House would concur with the Liberian Senate for the passage of the National Fire Arms Act before the end of April.
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