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KATSINA: Govt recruits 1,500 community watch corps

GOVERNOR Dikko Radda says his administration has so far recruited at least 1,500 Community Watch Officers drawn from the eight frontline local government areas of the state.

This he said, is part of measures to empower the residents to defend themselves against terrorist attacks.

Radda, who was speaking on Wednesday during a media chat held at the Katsina Government House as part of activities to mark his 100 days in office, maintained that insecurity important to his administration, hence his government has attacked it head-on.

According to the Governor, the creation of the Ministry of Internal Security and Katsina State Community Watch Corps was the beginning of institutionalizing his strategy to deal with insecurity where he enacted a security containment order and set up an advisory committee on security in the state.

His administration, he explained, has spent seven billion naira to procure armoured personnel carriers, 65 Hilux vehicles, 700 motorcycles, provided training for the Community Watch Corps Officers, and other security equipment.

“We have partnered with the UNDP to establish Planet Hub, Peace Hub, and Preventive Facilities with a pilot project in Jibia to help reverse the trend insecurity in the state has created,” he said.

“I’m actually aware of the challenges you face but I am equally optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. Over the past 100 days, my administration has tirelessly worked to lay the foundation of a new era of security, prosperity, and inclusive governance.

“During this short impactful period, we have embarked on a journey of transformation across the various sectors that are vital to the wellbeing of our citizens. Our approach has been one of strategic planning engagement and partnership both within and beyond the borders of the State.

“Our commitment to transparency, accountability, and good governance is unwavering in taking significance space, enhancing public participation in the decision-making process, and ensuring that resources are managed efficiently and effectively for the benefit of all.”

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