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|SMALL ARMS BEGINS ARMS COLLECTION CAMPAIGN|
|Published on August 31, 2006||Email To Friend Print Version
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Small Arms Program has commenced the collection of arms in River Gee, Maryland and Bong Counties.
The Project Director of the program, Mr. Tekon Williams, recently told our reporter in River Gee County, that after the launching of the small arms program in each chiefdom, the campaign for arms collection will begin at once.
UNDP Small Arms Program recently launched its arms for development program in Maryland, River Gee and Bong Counties.
The launch of the program in the 3 counties like those previously launched in Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties were characterized by parades and foot ball games.
Mr. Williams said the launching and sensitization program in the counties were successful.
Speaking at the program in Glaro, River Gee County, the Media Officer for UNDP Small Arms program, Madam Elma Shaw told the citizens in the chiefdom that there are several components of the small arms program.
She said public awareness and education were first prioritized to enable the citizens understand the aims and objectives of the small arms collection program in all the counties.
On the national level, Madam Shaw added that the citizens were taught about the dangers of small arms and light weapons.
She used the occasion to inform the citizens about the 1956 fire arm law and how progress was being made to have said law revised and elaborated the formation of National Arms Control Program, stressing that such program would operate in all Ministries to carryout the law governing fire arm to avoid proliferation of small arms in the country. Madam Shaw meanwhile disclosed that the small arms program is working in collaboration with the Liberian government.