In a strategic move to bolster the fight against insecurity, Katsina State Government has unveiled plans to introduce special allowances for Friday Mosque clerics, their deputies, Mua’dhins (callers of prayer), and Ward Heads. However, notably absent from the announcement were mentions of Christian clerics as beneficiaries.
Governor Dikko Radda disclosed this initiative following his inauguration of the Steering Committees for the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KCSWC). The move aims to inspire and reward those engaged in the battle against insecurity within the state.
A statement issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ibrahim Kaula-Mohammed, quoted Governor Radda’s commitment to collaborate with various security personnel to combat banditry and other security challenges that have plagued the region.
The steering committees for each of the state’s 34 Local Government Areas include local leaders such as Council Chairmen, District Heads, Divisional Police Officers, and representatives from diverse security agencies. Additionally, the committees consist of two members from the business community and representatives from different religious sects.
The primary role of these committees will be to monitor and assess the operations of the KCSWC within their respective regions and submit monthly reports to the Commissioner for Internal Security.
Dr. Nasiru Mu’azu-Danmusa, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, lauded the impact of KCSWC on reducing insecurity in the state, noting a gradual decline in security threats since its inception.
During the event, representatives of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu-Abdulkadir, and retired Justice Saddik Abdullahi-Mahuta praised the Governor’s commitment to tackling insecurity. They, respectively, pledged continued support from traditional leaders to the newly formed committees.