The Katsina State Government has inaugurated a three-tier security committee in its Funtua Zone to help traditional rulers in the area handle and deal decisively with security challenges in their territories.
The local government areas under the zone are: Bakori, Danja, Faskari, Dandume, Sabuwa, Funtua, Malumfashi, Kafur, Musawa, Matazu and Kankara.
The Chairman of the committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina at the ceremony which took place at ‘Bala Abdullahi College of Administration’ in Funtua LGA on Tuesday, emphasised on the importance of the recently enacted security structure law.
Inuwa said that the ‘security structure law’ recently enacted by the state government will, by extension, give traditional rulers the authority to interface, act and deal with the security challenges in their domains.
According to him, with the inauguration of the committee, the state has now taken the lead in providing solution to the security challenges bedeviling not only states in the North but the entire country.
“The law will help to restore peace and security in the state and also help to domesticate security arrangements at the grassroots level by ensuring that traditional rulers are given their due power to make security administration easier and result oriented,” he said.
He further stated that traditional rulers in addition to being custodians of tradition, culture and religion in the state, have now become the custodians of security.
Speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to State Government, Suleiman Yakubu Safana assured stakeholders of the readiness of the state government to support the committee and other paramilitary agencies operating in the state to win the fight against banditry and other related crimes.
He further said that the ongoing plan to reintroduce cattle tax and levy by the state government will go a long way in boosting security in the state.