The Katsina State Government and the Republic of Niger, particularly, Maradi Region, have signed a three-year bilateral work plan agreement that would help check activities of criminals operating along their common border corridors. The nation reports
The agreement is also aimed at boosting commerce with particular attention to agriculture, sector of which many people from both areas depend on as source of livelihood.
The governor of Maradi, Engr. Zakari Oumar while speaking on Thurday during the flag-off held at Sir Usman Nagogo Polo Play Ground, Katsina, said part of the agreement would see to collaborations through information exchange between the two governments, to tackle activities of suspected criminals at the borders.
He identified clashes between herdsmen and farmers, as one problem the agreement would help address.
He said ‘’ states like Sokoto, Jigawa and Zamfara along others sharing common border with Niger Republic, have also indicated interest in entering into similar agreements to ensure security in their areas’’.
The regional governor also disclosed that the agreement would help boost trade, as well as foster brotherliness between people of his region and
Speaking, Governor Aminu Bello Masari said the agreement is meant to facilitate movement of people within the two countries, enhance security and improve relationship between farmers and herders moving within their border.
Masari, represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu said implementation of the agreement would drastically reduce the frequent conflicts between farmers and herders operating within their domains.
But the Secretary to the Government of Katsina state, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa said the agreement was made possible through the efforts of governors and officials of the two states.
Inuwa said with the agreement, the issue of shielding criminals who cross into each others’ territory has largely been resolved, as both sides have exhibited commitment to tackling criminality.