The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms (GNACSA) organised on the 1st October 2010 in Kumasi-Ghana a destruction of 1,500 pieces of fire arms seized locally from people who possessed them illegally in various parts of the country.

GNACSA in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) undertook the destruction exercise  to educate the public on illicit  firearms and the danger illicit small arms and light weapons  poses to the country under the theme: “The Impact of Small Arms Abuse on National Development”.
The programme was attended by Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu, Ashanti Regional Minister, security agencies, chiefs, religious groups, students, women, media, WAANSA...

This is the full speech of Mr. Baffour Dokyi Amoa, the President of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA):

Honorable Regional Minister,
Hon.  Dep. Regional Minister,
Representative of His Majesty the Asantehene
Chairman, GNACSA,
Heads of Security Agencies
Distinguished Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentleman:

Today marks another significant event in the fight against proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
As Ghana  National Commission on Small Arms marks this Arms Destruction Day set by the United Nations under the United Nations Programme of Action against illicit small arms and light weapons, WAANSA is pleased to be part of this event and wishes GNACSA more success in the future.
WAANSA is appreciative of the efforts of WAANSA-Ghana in supporting the work of GNACSA to sensitise and educate the citizenry. Civil society has an important role to play in the fight against proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

I am therefore happy to inform you that the collaborative spirit and efforts of WAANSA and ECOWAS have provided our region with a Convention on small arms and light weapons, their ammunition and related materials. This convention is going to help member States of ECOWAS review national fire arms and ammunition laws to help fight this menace in West Africa.

I salute the Ghana Government and the Security forces for continuing to commit to fight illicit small arms and light weapons proliferation in Ghana.  But now that the Blacksmiths Association is working with the Commission for the provision of alternative livelihood for its members with a view to deterring these local artisans from manufacturing guns,  WAANSA calls on Ghana Government and donors to resource the Commission adequately as the challenge is real and huge.

We thank the media houses for joining in the campaign and we are grateful for your support.  Finally, let us all, the people of Ghana commit to rid our nation of illicit small arms and light weapons.
Once again, WAANSA wishes GNACSA a successful fire arms destruction ceremony.

I thank you.

Copyright WAANSA 2009.