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UNDP Offers US$2.3m To Collect Arms In ECOWAS Region
MONROVIA, October 26 (LINA) - The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided US$2.3 million towards the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Arms Collection projects in member states.
The visiting ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Mrs. Halima Ahmed, made the disclosure recently when she paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara in Monrovia.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, Ahmed lauded the UNDP and other partners for their continued financial and moral support to the ECOWAS arms collection projects.
The ECOWAS Commissioner and delegation held discussion with Minister Kamara concerning the effective implementation of ECOWAS arms project in the sub-region.
Mrs. Ahmed was accompanied to the Ministry by the ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Babatunde Olanre Waju Ajisomo.
She hailed Liberia for ensuring that all legal instruments are in place regarding the collection of arms in the country.
She particularly thanked Liberia for the passage of the Act creating the Liberia National Small Arms Commission and for putting in place effective regulations with proper networking among various security agencies.
Also speaking during the meeting, ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia Babatunde Ajisomo, informed Minister Kamara that the Liberian National Small Arms Commission is doing well with the implementation of the arms project.
He paid special tributes to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the UNDP and EU for their support and added that they are very enthusiastic about the process and are also working with the small arms commission to ensure the projects are fully implemented.
In brief remarks, the Chairman of the National Small Arms Commission James Fromayan thanked Minister Kamara who, he said, was very supportive of the Commission’s initiatives while serving as Liberia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York.
He praised the LNP and other security agencies for their collaboration and added that the issue of small arms cannot be overlooked during the electioneering proces, which is associated with tensions.
For her part, Foreign Minister Kamara indicated that she was very encouraged by the discussions with the ECOWAS delegation and the progress that has been
made by the small arms commission.