ACCRA, GHANA- The Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Mr. Samuel Williams Yeboah, paid a courtesy call on the heads of two institutions (Narcotics Control Commission and National Peace Council) in Accra on Wednesday, 12th April 2023 as part of efforts to strengthen inter-agency collaborations and promote peace and security in the country.
The Executive Secretary first visited the Director-General of the Narcotics Control Commission, Mr. Kenneth Adu Amanfoh, to discuss issues borders on the proliferation of small arms and illicit drug trade. The nexus between the proliferation of small arms and the drug trade cannot be overemphasized, and as such, combined efforts are needed to curb the menace.
Mr. Yeboah highlighted the link between drug trafficking and extremist groups, who often use drug profits to finance their activities.
Mr. Amanfoh reiterated his commitment to working with the Commission towards the common goal of ensuring peace and security in the country.
Later in the day, Mr. Yeboah paid a similar visit to the Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, Mr. George Amoh. During the meeting, the two officials discussed the role of both institutions in promoting peace and stability in the country.
Mr. Samuel W. Yeboah reiterated the importance of building synergies between the two institutions in their efforts towards achieving peace.
Mr. Amoh stressed on the need for rigorous awareness campaigns to minimize the trend of youth brandishing weapons and for more education on the dangers of such behavior.
He also assured him of a partnership between the two institutions to educate the public about the dangers of arms possession and its impact on the peace and stability of the country.
The courtesy call by the Executive Secretary of the Small Arms Commission is a positive step towards fostering closer ties among the various institutions working together to ensure peace and security in the country.