Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A three-day sensitization and capacity building workshop for journalists in Ghana opens Thursday at Sogakope near the country’s border with Togo, as part of efforts to promote effective implementation of the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control which entered into force in September 2009.
Organizers said in a statement made available to PANA Wednesday that the workshop is to sensitize participants and build their capacity on small arms and light weapons control sufficiently to enable them to play effective role as change agents through sensitization of their various publics on a constant and sustainable basis.
Print and broadcast journalists in government and private media organizations, as well as ECOWAS Commission officials and resource persons, will attend the meeting, which will address the commonality of challenges of proliferation of SALWs and shared insufficiency of the level of awareness around SALWs and related matters in Member States.
Observers blame the political restiveness of the region partly on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
''The aim of the sensitization workshop is therefore to engender a favourable environment for policies and programmes that will facilitate the implementation of the SALW Convention so as to reduce the spate and intensity of conflicts linked to illegal circulation of SALWs in the region,'' the organizers said.
Similar workshops have been held in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia, and the plan by the ECOWAS Commission is to progressively cover all 15 Member States.
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