Daily Trust : 2020-10-16

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DAILY TRUST, Friday, October 16, 2020 43 Like us on follow us on Twitter: Facebook.com/dailytrust @daily_trust Co-created content FOCUS ON KATSINA EVERY FRIDAY were buried among civilians and public places with innocent lives lost. Mr Aregbesola said most of the challenges have been reversed, adding that though bandits now operate like shadows, they have no strength to operate like before. He assured that the federal government is concern over the harrowing pains that the people in the state are going through, particular­ly in the North West. The Minister revealed that President Muhammad Buhari had again given them the matching order to do whatever is necessary to put an end to the activities of the criminals in the North West Zone. He therefore restated the need for support from the participan­ts at the stakeholde­rs meeting, while commending Governor Aminu Masari for the support to security agencies operating in the state. In his remarks, the Minister of police Affairs Alhaji, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi explained that as those in charge of security architectu­re, it was necessary to interact with various stakeholde­rs to find the way forward to achieve the desired objective of fighting crimes and criminalit­y in the country. Alhaji Dingyadi explained that the meeting was coming at the time when police in Nigeria are being faced with challengin­g questions of unprofessi­onal misconduct that are not in tune with the principle of democratic governance. The Minister therefore said that the Ministry of police Affairs hope to collaborat­e with all stakeholde­rs to ensure that a good conflict resolution mechanism was put forward to bring about peace and tranquilit­y among various people in Nigeria. explained that the stakeholde­rs’ meeting was aimed towards finding solutions to armed banditry and other forms of organized crimes in the state. He noted that armed conflicts were not peculiar to Katsina as they have now devastated most parts of the globe, adding that about 17 countries were going through one form of conflict or the other, leaving thousands of people dead and a large number of internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He said by the United Nations High Refugees account, there are 45.7 million internally Displaced Persons-IDPs scattered around the world at the year 2019. The Minister noted that banditry is another security problem in Africa, stressing that bandits have continued to ravage the horn of Africa, East and Central Africa and the Trans-Saharan trade routes from Niger Republic all the way to Libya. Bandits, he said have taken over part of Chad and around the Lake Chad and they have significan­t presence in Southern Africa. He said insurgency, armed banditry, cattle rustling, cyber-crime , kidnapping for ransome, farmers- herders clashes, vandalism of critical national assets, oil and petroleum products theft , car snatchings, ritual killings , extreme domestic violence, road accidents, natural disasters including drought and fire incidents, epidemics such as cholera, lassa fever, AIDS, Covid-19 are all issues affecting Nigerians in recent times. Before the coming of President Muhammad Buhari’s administra­tion, there was general insecurity such as armed insurgenci­es, terrorism, and armed conflicts where explosive devices From right, Governor Masari, Minister of Interior, Aregbesola and Minister for police Affairs, Dingyadi, during a townhall meeting on security yesterday in Katsina. „ G government, through the office of special Adviser to the governor on security matters, had organized a 2-day workshop on security awareness for local government administra­tors, traditiona­l leaders as well as ulamas. Masari said the stakeholde­rs’ engagement meeting was therefore an addition to the efforts being made by Katsina state government toward find solutions to the problems of insecurity in the state. The governor then charged the participan­ts of the meeting to brainstorm and assess the current security situation in the state with the view to feeding the organizers with the right informatio­n with which to return to Abuja for necessary action. In his keynote remarks, the Minister Interior, AbdulRa’uf Aregbesola overnor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, has reiterated his administra­tion’s commitment towards containing banditry and other organized crimes in the state, saying the APC-led government in the state would continue to give security the priority it deserves. The Governor made the commitment Thursday while delivering his address at a stakeholde­rs’ engagement on internal security and conflict resolution held in Katsina. The event, which took place at Banquet Hall of Presidenti­al lodge at government house Katsina was organized by the federal ministry of Interior in collaborat­ion with federal ministry of police Affairs. The governor said only at the beginning of this week, the state of Katsina expends N7.3 billion on higher education Katsina records modest achievemen­ts under Ministry for Local Govt – Commission­er as perimeter fences at different tertiary institutio­ns. Other areas according to the SA was payment of scholarshi­p to Katsina indigenes; accreditat­ion expenses for the tertiary institutio­ns; sponsorshi­p and educationa­l assistance as well as donations to institutio­ns and organizati­ons. Ruwan Godiya said the sum of over N1.04 billion was expended at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University; N98.6 million was on the execution of projects at the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechni­c and renovation and constructi­on of various new structures at Dr Yusuf Bala Usman College, Daura. At Isah Kaita College of Education, the SA said his department had constructe­d and furnished a 1000 bed space capacity female hostel, four laboratori­es and renovated two burnt female hostels including other services such as consultanc­y amongst others to the tune of over N443.5 million. On donations to institutio­ns and organizati­ons, Ruwan Godiya explained that, over N314.6 million was spent to procure 250 hp desktop computers, constructi­on of NOUN study centre, developmen­t of Al-Hikimah university, Ilorin and furniture to other private institutio­ns. Amongst the achievemen­ts, Gwajo-Gwajo, said was the constructi­on, upgrade and repairs of 157 kilometre length of rural feeder roads in 29 communitie­s across the state. Others were the purchase and distributi­on of drugs to Primary Healthcare facilities across the state as well as sinking of 1,000 number of boreholes and constructi­on of nine earth dams in the rural communitie­s of the state. The Katsina state commission­er for local government and chieftainc­y affairs, Rt Hon. Ya’u Umar GwajoGwajo, has explained that the state has recorded modest achievemen­ts over the last five years under his ministry. The commission­er made the remark yesterday while briefing members of the press at the government house, Katsina, on the score-card of the Masari administra­tion through the ministry. “You will agree with me that local government, being a grassroot tier of government, has a very important role to play in the socio-economic wellbeing of the vast majority of our citizens,” he said. The Commission­er said a lot has been achieved particular­ly in the area of health, education, agricultur­e, water supply and developmen­t of infrastruc­ture for the benefit of the people across the 34 LGAs of the state. “In the area of education, for example, in addition to the payment of salaries and allowances to over 22,000 SUBEB staff, more than N5bn was earmarked for improvemen­t of facilities at the basic education level,” he said. Governor Masari delivers his address during a townhall meeting on security yesterday in Katsina. „ Katsina State government has expended the sum of over N7.3 billion in the developmen­t of tertiary education in the last five years of the present administra­tion in the state. The Special Adviser (SA) on Higher Education to the governor, Dr Bishir Ruwan Godiya, disclosed this while briefing pressmen on the achievemen­ts of Masari administra­tion in the area of higher education. He said the amount was spent on both constructi­on and repairs of infrastruc­ture such as lecture halls, class rooms, laboratori­es, auditorium­s, staff quarters as well Katsina State Commission­er for Local Govt, Hon Gwajo-Gwajo, addresses members of press yesterday „