By Salisu Baso
In his efforts to curtail the challenges of insecurity within his domains, the chairman of Tarauni Local Government Area of Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Zakari PA has organised a social security summit among the stakeholders to find ways of tackling the situations.
The stakeholders comprised of all security formations, the police, civil defense, Department of State Security (DSS), Immigration, vigilante groups, traditional rulers, estate agents, land lords and members of transport associations.
The summit has witnessed the establishment of a social security committee by the local government council as well as the donation of brand new vehicle to the committee, 10 motorcycles vigilante offices and those of the district head and chairman to improve networking among them.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee and presentation of the vehicles at Islamic Center, the local government council chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Zakari PA, said the summit was part of the council’s effort towards mapping out strategies of handling the security challenges facing the state, especially with recent mounting pressure on the bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers in some states neighbouring Kano, such as Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Sokoto as well as Kebbi.
He further said that the state has become a mini-Nigeria accommodating different kinds of people with different religions, adding that Tarauni is also mini-Kano with Kano Government House, Emir’s residence, commercial center as well as route channels to various destinations in the nation, adding that it has a large population of different ethnic communities from the country and beyond.
The chairman therefore announced a formation of 15-member social security committee with Garba Danjuma as its chairman, saying that the committee has responsibilities of monitoring security activities in the area, securing youth employment opportunities, education sector and many more.
He said as the local government is blessed with population of various tribes, religions and culture, there is need for the people to assist security agents on suspected movements in their areas. He added that surveillance teams have been assigned to various locations within the local government to ensure security of lives and properties.
Hon. Habu PA commended the security agencies in the area, particularly the police and the vigilante groups for the hard work and dedication to services, saying that the local government is ready to provide all the necessary support and cooperation to achieve the desired objectives. On his s part, the District Head of Tarauni, Sarkin Fadar Kano, Malam Ado Kurawa, said the importance of security to the lives and properties of the people of the state could not be over-emphasised.
Earlier speaking, the Chief Personnel Officer of the area, Alhai Mu’azu Iliyasu Sharada said the council has established the committee to supplement government efforts towards improving security in the state, reiterating the readiness of workers to join hand together with council in the development process of the area.
The summit was attended by Divisional Police Officers in- charge of Zaria Road, Farm Centre, Zoo Road, DSS, Immigration, vigilante groups, village and ward heads, land lords, estate agents, leaders of Unguwa Uku transport associations, voluntary youth organizations, non-governmental organisations as well as some of the local government officials.