The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms Tekloh Maxwell Grigsby has officially taken over as chairman of the LiNCSA.
Speaking Wednesday July 31, 2019 at the official turning over ceremony Attorney Grigsby pledged his full commitment to remain an ardent advocate of the control of small arms and light weapons both on the local and international scene.
He said with testimonies of conflicts and instabilities in various forms in Africa and the globe at large especially with the sale of illicit weapons across the borders, it is paramount for more education and awareness creation to be done to help address said issue.
Delivering his official taking over ceremony statement Wednesday, Atty. Grigsby attributed the increasing availability of small arms and light weapons has been a major factor of the increase in conflicts and instabilities as well as hindering the rebuilding and development efforts.
He noted that the illicit small arms proliferation is a big concern at national and international levels something he noted under his administration said issue through support and collaboration will be combated.
The new LiNCSA boss outlined six priority areas of concentration under his watch but was also hasten to mention that he will continue from where his predecessor, Marvin Sarkor stopped.
Under education and sensitization programs, Mr. Grigsby assured that he will implement all relevant community based micro projects in exchange for arms collected and reported by host communities.
Furthermore, he stated that Civilian Arms Registration marking, record keeping, weapons collection and destruction of SALW, networking and collaboration with Mano River Union Counterparts, Decentralization, Deterrence and capacity Building are among other programs, he intends to implement.
Mr. Grigsby pointed out that it is imperative that attention be paid to the conflict and fragility triggers including the instruments such as the proliferation of small arms that have destabilizing effect of which he added that Liberia has seen and experienced the destructive effect.
He said the adverse impact of the use of small arm during war and its illicit trade and proliferation within the territory limits of limits cannot be overly emphasized.
Collectively and with necessary support and team work, Mr. Grigsby pointed out, that said challenge will be addressed.
Speaking earlier the outgoing LiNCSA boss Melvin Sarkor reminded his predecessor to focus on some of the areas he stopped under his over four months stay at the commission.
He called for the decentralization of the Commission’s activities nationwide.
The Deputy Police Boss for operations encouraged the new LiNCSA head to help formulate policies to help address the proliferation of Small Arms and light weapons across Liberia.
Mr. Sarkor outlined some of his planned activities for implementation which he did not do due to time factor as the establishment of the Small Arms Task Force, the setting up of the Arms Inspection team which he noted will help ensure full accountability of arms and to avoid arms conflicts.
The outgoing LiNCSA boss has at the same time indicated that the protection of the state, neighbors and people in general should be a priority of all concerned mainly in the sector.
The program graced by relevant stakeholders and partners also saw some development partners pledging their continued support including ECOWAS, EU, AU, MRU and UNDP to the full implementation of the works of the LiNCSA.