The Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari says the state government is spending over 60 million naira monthly (i.e approximately N2 million) in assisting and supporting security agencies to maintain security in the state.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was addressing the opening of the Federal and states security administrators meeting held at the conference hall of Katsina state secretariat complex, Dandagoro.
In view of the present financial position of the state, Governor Masari solicited the assistance of the Federal government to fund security agencies operating in the state.
Alternatively, Alhaji Aminu Masari said the Federal government may consider providing specific resources to enable the state government to accommodate security financial commitment and attend to other societal development needs.
He contended that the state government had always taken the issue of security seriously and invested so much and achieved a lot in the protection of lives and property of people.
The Governor recalled that at the inception of the present APC administration, armed banditry, cattle rustling and other related crimes were the major security challenges in state.
From 2011-2015, Alhaji Aminu Masari said Katsina state witnessed an upsurge in the menace of cattle rustling and armed banditry, which resulted into colossal loss of lives and property, displaced so many people and made farming impossible than brought economic setback to the state.
According to the Governor, such heinous activities affected Jibiya, Batsari, safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Dandume and Sabuwa local governments, adding that the state witnessed a particular despicable scenario during which over 100 people were massacred at once in one of such banditry attacks.
He announced that the state government organized and funded various joint security operations which dislodge criminals from their hideouts that led to recovery of thousands of rustled animals.
Alhaji Aminu Masari said a committee later organized series of meetings, which led to acceptance of amnesty programme that brought relative peace in the state.
The Governor expressed happiness that the amnesty initiative led to the surrender of 350 firearms by repentant cattle rustlers in Kankara on 15th of January, 2017.
Earlier, the permanent secretary in the office of secretary to the government of the federation, Alhaji Suleiman Halliru said the meeting is a national forum that accords participants with opportunity to discuss and proffer solutions to security challenges facing the country.
In a welcome address, the secretary to the Katsina state government, Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa welcome delegates to the meeting and expressed appreciation to Governor Masari for the moral and financial support towards hosting the two days event in the ancient city of Katsina.
He said 15 states are adequately represented at the security meeting and hoped that fruitful deliberations would be achieved for peace to reign supreme in the states.