A Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, Mr Takyi Akonnor, has charged security institutions in the country to ‘step up their game’ to convince the citizenry of their safety.
Doing so, he said, will assure people that there is no need for them to acquire small arms to protect themselves.
Mr Akonnor was speaking in an interview with Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Monday. He was commenting on reports suggesting that 225,000 unlicensed small arms are in civilian hands.
According to the lecturer, people acquire arms when they feel their safety is in jeopardy and that security institutions are not doing enough to protect them. Other contributory factors, he said, have to do with poverty and joblessness. People who have no jobs, he explained, are more likely to undertake 'dirty jobs' such as robbery or disturbing electoral processes on behalf of faceless politicians who reward them for doing so.
He revealed that welders, other than blacksmiths, are actively engaged in producing these arms and urged the police to stiffen their regulation of such weapons.
The lecturer stressed the need to increase public education against the acquisition of weapons but charged security officials to prosecute those caught in the illegal production, sale and acquisition of any sort of weaponry.
He advised Ghanaians to allow security personnel to do their work and desist from unduly criticising them.