The Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Afi A. Yakubu, together with some Senior Officers of the Commission, has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of Ghana Prisons Service, Isaac Kofi Egyir and the Chief Fire Officer, Julius Kuunuor, respectively.
This was in a bid to formally introduce herself as the new Executive Secretary of the Commission, to deepen the existing relationship between the institutions as well as discuss possible areas for a collaboration.
The Executive Secretary briefed the Director-General of Prisons and his team on what the Commission does and some activities that had been undertaken by the Commission.
With the aim to combat illicit arms trafficking through a more rigorous marking and record-keeping, she further revealed plans by the Commission to mark the weapons used by the Prison Officers which will help in an effective tracing by enabling easy identification and efficient record keeping.
The Director-General expressed his appreciation to the delegation for their visit. He described his institution as the “hub of intelligence”. According to him, people who end up in prisons are mostly as a result of wrongful acquisitions of illicit weapons or arms related incidence. He therefore welcomed a partnership by the Commission for a Public Education and Sensitization program.
On the visit to the Ghana National Fire Service, Madam Yakubu highlighted among other things, the need for a strategic collaboration with the Commission for a more effective and sustainable ways to address issues concerning security in the country.
The Chief Fire Officer, Julius Kuunuor, also noted the essentialness of sharing intelligence between the two institutions which can contribute to the fight against the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) thus ensuring the security and safety of the country and its citizens.
The Executive Secretary thanked him and his team for the warm reception.
Both Heads for the two institutions (Ghana Prisons Service and the Ghana National Fire Service) respectively pledged their willingness and support to the Commission.