Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby II continue to make significant advances in identifying partners to support the mandate of the Commissi


The Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA), Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby II continue to make significant advances in identifying partners to support  the mandate of the Commission in the fight eradicate the proliferation of small arms, light weapons, ammunition and other related materials in Liberia.

 

During the course of the week, (August 26-30, 2019), the Chairman and top-ranking employees of the Commission have been holding discussions with the German based organization GIZ, represented by its Project Director, Mr. Ulrich Thuer, the Mano River Union, represented by its head Mr. Christian Jallah, the Nigerian Ambassador, His Excellency, James G. Dinka and Mrs. Maude Somah, National Task-force Coordinator, Gender and Security National Task-force.

In a separate meeting, Chairman Grigsby called for the urgent need for greater partnership in combating the illicit trading of small arms and light weapons in the Sub-regions of Africa.

LiNCSA Boss emphasized the need for a very strong support to the Commission aimed at raising awareness on the illegal possession of arms by civilians, joint sub regional MRU approach in combating the menace of arms proliferation, unbiased enforcement of the Fire arms and ammunition Act of 2015 as well as the Arms Trade Treaty, Women, Youth and vulnerable population (drug addicted & disadvantage youth), among others.

The Chairman received favorable response from heads of the various entities in terms of support gear toward helping the commission achieve its mandate and the need to treat the menace of arms proliferation as the Ebola scourge within the Mano-River Union.

 

In a related development, the authorities of LiNCSA extended invitation to two Government institutions, the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) and Civil Service Agency (CSA), on Thursday, August 29, 2019 to provide separate presentation to employees of the Small Arms Commission on the employees’ pension scheme.

Accordingly, NASSCORP in line with its functions among other things informed Employees about the National Pension Scheme, the Employees Injury Scheme and Welfare Scheme. The requirements for benefiting from the National Pension Scheme and the Employees Injury Scheme which are currently executed by NASSCORP where outlined as follow: Obtaining the retirement age of 60 years, retired and must have made contribution (100 months before 1980/144months after 1980).While on the other hand, the Civil Service Agency (CSA) provided information on the merit orientation system and the protection of employees under the Civil Service Standing Orders.

 

In closing, the employees of the Commission extended commendation to the Chairman and the Senior Management for the decision to invite the two entities to provide education on the National Pension Scheme and other related benefits and the remarkable progress in modernizing the workplace in a relatively short period. They express optimism that the Leadership of Atty. Teklo Maxwell Grigsby, II will lead the National Commission on Small Arms to noble heights.