2009-12-03 18:54:26This article has been read 778 times.
The Upper East Regional Security Council has recommended that residents who voluntarily return their guns should be given a reward equivalent to the average cost of the gun.
The council, chaired by the Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, is recommending between GH¢1,300 and GH¢1,500 for every gun received.
The recommendation has been forwarded to the National Security Council for consideration.
The Upper East regional town of Bawku has been the scene of several violent gun battles involving residents that has left several people dead.
Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, is hoping the reward scheme would help rid the area of guns.
“We understand that these guns go for between those prices…so if you’re offering somebody anything less than those amounts, it is not enough attraction for people to return their guns,” Mr Woyongo told Joy News’ Evans Mensah.
He said those who fail to voluntarily surrender their weapons would have to contend with the use of force.
This is not the first time a reward scheme is being considered as a means of retrieving guns from parts of the North.
The Northern Regional Security Council earlier this year also introduced a GH¢300-reward for all who returned their guns. The initiative however failed to yield the desired results.