State Security Officers assigned at the Ganta-Guinea and Loguotou-Ivory Coast Borders, Nimbia County and Toe-Town (B’hai)-Ivory Coast Border, Grand Gedeh County are expected to benefit from specialized Training on Small Arms and Light Weapons control, Arms trade, Transfer and Trafficking as well as Gender in Arms Control.
According to a release signed by Thomas Mulbah, Communication and Outreach Officer, following the specialized training at the targeted border sites, a massive awareness on Arms Trafficking and Illicit trade will take place in Jorwah Town, a border community in Bong County.
The training session, which commences from August 10- 17, is implemented by the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and is expected to bring together over 60 Joint Security Officers at the borders, which includes the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Custom Officer, Liberia National Police (LNP), Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), County Officers of LiNCSA and other relevant Local Government Officials.
The Objective of the training is to increase border security officers understanding of arms control legislation of Liberia including, the history of civilian firearms possession in Liberia, and acquaint them with regional and international treaties, conventions and protocols on arms control of which Liberia is a State Party.
The specialized training will also enhance the capacity of border security officers to become more proactive in preventing the diversion of illicit small arms, their ammunition, light weapons, explosives and other related materials.
More than sixty (60) participants attending the specialized training will benefit from courses to include: Liberia Arms Control Legislations and Enforcement, Harmonizing Existing Arms Control Legislations with the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Weapon and Ammunition Management (WAM), Small Arms, their Ammunition, Light Weapons (SALW) and Explosives Transfer Control, Border Security Management and Gender in Arms Control.
Arms Control Experts and Practitioners drawn from the Small Arms Commission, the Liberia Immigration Service and the Liberia Revenue Authority (Customs) are expected to form part of a team of facilitators to conduct the specialized training.
The Specialized Training for Border Security Officers is funded under the framework of Liberia’s Component of the ECOWAS-EU Organized Crime West Africa Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) Project.
OCWAR-T is a three-year project for seven ECOWAS member states, including Liberia, which is being funded by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), managed by the UNDP, implemented by Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) and coordinated by GIZ.