A fraud and security analyst, Mr Richard Kumado has proposed that the production and importation of guns in the country should be streamlined in order to deal with the proliferation of same in Ghana, ABC NEWS can report.
His proposal, he argued, will also check the level of violent crimes perpetrated with guns in the country.
According to him, the state has over the years not done enough to mitigate the smuggling of small arms into the country, a situation he sees as a major threat especially as the nation inches to the 2020 general elections, stressing the need for authorities to act swiftly.
“That is to say that the due diligence that goes with people with authorities to import guns into this country will have to be enhanced,” he said.
Mr Kumado’s advice follows the release of the 2019 Ghana Public Safety and Crime third quarter report by the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) which disclosed among other things that gun crime is on the ascendancy.
According to the report, the commission of violent crimes involving the use of guns increased by 29 percent between the second quarter and the third quarter.
“The gun issues clearly means that the proliferation of small arms is something that we are still struggling to deal with. It is worrying gun crime has been on the increase. To the extent the small guns have been an issue for Ghana, it something that authorities need to look at again. We are not doing something right because if you look at the same report, you will realise police arrests have increased,” he said.
“The various ports and spots that we need to invest monies and go to the grounds to be able to do a quick and proper due diligence so that we will be safe as a country. Otherwise, everything is being handled haphazardly and it does not look right for us especially where you have next year elections, and then with the issue of vigilantism and with the issues treason coming up, the issue of Ayawaso West Wuogon is not even looking well for us. Even at the national level, I think we are not doing properly there,” he averred.
Touching on some other aspects of the report which suggests that transportation-related events were the leading cause of deaths and injuries accounting for 28 percent of deaths and 39 per cent of all injuries within the period, Mr Kumado indicated that something was amiss.
“But is it not worrying that cars have gone to renew their road-worthiness, the car is not roadworthy, the road they drive on is not worthy to be driven on and yet those have cars have been approved? he asked.
“When I read our own report, I think besides the guns and the transportation reported issues, I think NCCE and the DVLA must pick up the education aspect of it further, that is the only way we can be safe in this country because safety and security is something we cannot joke with,” he said.