*Photo: Ganduje *
In search of a lasting solution to the lingering security challenges in the country, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has urged his colleagues, the governors, to fully and effectively collaborate with security agencies in their respective states.
The governor spoke during his presentation of a paper, titled “Challenges of Insecurity and Nation Building,” at the 2020 Alumni Lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide, held at Dame Edith Okowa Auditorium of the University, Friday.
Says he: “Let me emphasise that state governments need to cooperate and work together with security agencies in dealing with the situation at hand.”
To accentuate the viability nature of his urge he assured that, Kano has seen the benefits of this synergic engagement with security agencies, at different levels, adding that, “Through it, we were able to identify and destroy the central command of the dreaded terrorists group and dealt a blow to their operations in Kano. Amongst other criminalities.”
He further maintains that, it was also through collaboration with security agencies that ensures the security architecture put in place, which guarantees relative peace in the state in comparison with other neighbours.
He explained that, “They were provided with logistics and equipment and setting-up of a Police Anti-Cattle Rustling Squad, Ambush Squad and Tactical Observation points along the Falgore Forest, which was hitherto the den of rustling.”
He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he said made it possible for the existence of permanent camp for military training ground where the Nigerian Army holds regular military exercises that was also established in the only major forest in the Kano.
He revealed that, “The state government has invested over N1billion on procurement of gadgets and operational vehicles for security operatives in the state. The government has also re-organised Vigilante Groups across the state to enhance community policing and complement efforts of conventional security operatives.”
He added that through the establishment of the Ruga settlement, his administration was able to solve the problem of Fulani/herder clashes.
Governor Ganduje argued that, the menace of insecurity calls for a new approach that would be founded on credible intelligence gathering.
“Government must not only continue to engage the security personnel, but it must also, more than ever before, recognize the need to devote more attention to security intelligence, capacity building to meet the global best practice standard, and acquisition of modern technology,”he said.
While observing that there is a need to modernize the security agencies with training, intelligence sharing, advanced technology, logistics, motivation, and change of orientation, he assured that with such effort, operations could be much effective.