A three-day validation workshop on the Liberia Firearms and Ammunition Control Act, sponsored by UNMIL in collaboration with the the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), has ended in Monrovia.
The Act is intended to regulate the possession and use of small arms and light weapons in Liberia, as well as promote accountability and transparency by state parties.
The workshop, which brought together ECOWAS, UNMIL, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Defense as well as the LNP, was held at the conference room of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) from January 15-17.
James M. Fromayan, chairman of LiNCSA, in introductory remarks welcomed participants and introduced then to the validation process of the draft regulations of the Firearms and Ammunition Control Act that will enable authorities to enforce provisions of the Act in Liberia.
Chairman Fromayan also underscored the need to validate the draft regulations as giving the Act teeth to bite.
“For us at the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, we would wish to keep alive the momentum generated among all the national actors towards the domestication of the treaty,” he said.
According to the LiNCSA chairman, the draft regulations were prepared by the Gongloe and Associates Law firm.
Speaking on behalf of the Gongloe law firm, Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe gave detailed information on efforts that were put into the preparation of the draft regulations. He admonished all participants to properly go through the regulations with their input noted.
LiNCSA vice chairperson Bennietta T. Jarbo thanked all the participants, especially UNMIL that provided funding for the drafting of the regulations and the validation workshop.
The Liberia National Commission on Small Arms was established by an Act of Legislature. It was passed on August 20, 2017 with the general mandate to formulate policies and ensure the implementation of such policies and measures aimed at addressing the problem of the proliferation and illicit manufacturing, use, distribution, possession and trafficking of small arms and light weapons.