By Muhd D Haidar
The Katsina State Governor, Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda, called his Northern Governors counterpart to adopt a ‘community-driven’ approach towards addressing the problem of insecurity bedeviling the region.
He made the appeal while launching the community watch corps first batch at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina, said, there is need for all Northern Governors to cooperate by sharing information, ideas, and resources to stamp out banditry and all forms of insecurity in the region.
His words: “We must also work as a unit with the Federal Government to ensure that a comprehensive approach is applied to tackling insecurity”.
Governor Radda also used the occasion to inaugurate the ‘Steering Committee of the Katsina Security Intervention Trust Fund’.
He further recalled that during his electioneering, he transversed the 361 wards in the State, and witnessed the devastating effects of insecurity on several Katsina communities.
According to him:- “People have been denigrated to poor living conditions, immense psychological trauma, and a complete demolition of socioeconomic development. In line with my campaign promises, security has been the topmost priority for my administration and we have invested vast resources to ensure sustainability in our fight against banditry.
“Katsina state like every other state, faces its unique set of challenges. However, the introduction of the Community Watch Corps illustrates our proactive approach to these challenges. The very essence of this corps lies in community engagement, collaboration, and mutual respect. By leveraging localized knowledge and fostering trust, we are not merely addressing symptoms but targeting the roots of insecurity in our state”
He stated that the success of Katsina State Community Watch Corps does not rest solely on these officers but on all, as Safety is a shared responsibility and we must all contribute towards security by organising to protect our people at the community level. The various vigilante groups that exist in the state should also cooperate with the Community Watch Corps as we seek to expand our support to all informal security organisations.
Prominent personality attended the occasion includes former
President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano, Dauda Lawal of Zamfara, Mai mala Buni of Yobe, Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto and Mohammed Nasir Idris of Kebbi states among others.