By Victoria Onehi
In his first 100 days in office, Katsina State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda PhD is tackling Security issues with unprecedented energy and ideas to tame criminality and criminal activities in the State, an APC chieftain Muhammad Nura Dyola has said.
Dyola who is also the Chairman of Garkuwan Gwagwaren Katsina Youth Solidarity Movement made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Katsina yesterday.
He said the primary responsibility of any government is to provide for the security of lives and property and the current administration in Katsina.has.taken this delicate responsibility.
He said: “Security is one of the main pillars of the Governor Dikko Radda led administration. In the last 100 days he has invested so much money in providing the necessary equipment to the security agencies to carry out their duties in Katsina State. The government has also employed various strategies to tackle security challenges in the State including initiating measures for more effective intelligence gathering and policing the entry and exit points of the state”.
According to Dyola, the Governor set the ball rolling by establishing a Ministry of Internal Security.Prior to this, he had visited the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja aimed at building security-centered synergy on how banditry and other kidnapping-related activities in Katsina State would be brought to an end.
He further disclosed that, determined to fight security challenges in the state headlong the state government sent an executive bill to the Katsina Community Watch Bill.
The bill when signed into law will enable the government to recruit 2400 Security corps that would be sent to the frontline local government areas to maintain peace and order.
Alhaji Dyola further said, the Governor continued his good work by visiting the Defense Headquarters, Abuja where he interfaced with the Chief of Defense Staff and Chief of the Naval Staff and discussed vital security issues that affect Katsina and its people. Governor Radda he said continued his selfless service by convening stakeholders, peace and security meetings with traditional rulers, village heads and religious leaders as well as heads of security agencies to discuss effective feasible approaches to ending insecurity in the state.
The Radda government within this period under review also approved an unprecedented sum of N7.8 billion for the purchase of security equipment to combat banditry and other criminalities in the state.
Dyola thanked the Governor for signing the Security Challenges Containment Order; the order banned the movement of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the state from 8 pm to 6pm in 19 local government areas prone to terrorist attack.
He called on people of the state to pray and support Governor Radda in his effort to change the narratives of governance in Katsina State.