In a significant move aimed at enhancing security measures within the state, the Katsina State Government has revealed its intention to introduce special allowances for Friday Mosque clerics, their deputies, Mua’dhins (callers of prayer), and Ward Heads.
This initiative seeks to incentivize and bolster their roles in the ongoing efforts to combat insecurity in the region.
The announcement came on Monday when the state governor, Dikko Radda, inaugurated the Steering Committees for the Katsina Community Watch Corps (KCSWC), a crucial step in enhancing security across the state. Notably, while the governor emphasized these allowances for Islamic leaders, he did not specifically mention any corresponding provision for Christian clerics.
Governor Radda explained that the newly formed steering committees would work in collaboration with various security personnel to proactively combat the menace of banditry, which has plagued the state.
Each steering committee will be comprised of key stakeholders from the 34 Local Government Areas, including the Council Chairman, District Head, Divisional Police Officer, and representatives of different security agencies. Additionally, two representatives from the business community and members of religious sects will also be included.
The primary role of these steering committees will be to monitor and evaluate the operations of the KCSWC within their respective jurisdictions. They will provide monthly reports to the Commissioner for Internal Security, ensuring a well-coordinated and responsive approach to maintaining peace and security in the state.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Dr. Nasiru Mu’azu-Danmusa, noted that since the establishment of KCSWC, there has been a noticeable improvement in the overall security situation across Katsina State. This positive development demonstrates the effectiveness of the state’s commitment to tackling insecurity head-on.
Representatives of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu-Abdulkadir, and retired Justice Saddik Abdullahi-Mahuta, praised Governor Radda for his proactive stance in addressing security challenges in the state.
District Head of Rimi, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu-Abdulkadir, and District Head of Malumfashi, retired Justice Saddik Abdullahi-Mahuta, assured their continued support and cooperation on behalf of the traditional rulers, affirming their dedication to the committee’s mission.
The Katsina State Government’s commitment to improving security, particularly through these new allowances for mosque clerics and the bolstered efforts of the KCSWC, reflects its determination to create a safer and more secure environment for the people of Katsina.
As the state continues to address the issue of insecurity, these measures represent a significant step toward achieving lasting peace and stability.