Katsina: Al-Qalam University Donate N300,000 Worth of Food Stuff To Victims Of Banditry
Katsina-based Al-Qalam University has showered victims of insecurity in Batsari local government area of Katsina State with food items, just as Governor Aminu Bello Masari reveals the remedies jointly proffered by Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina states to tackle the menace in the state, Leadership newspaper reports.
Recently, representatives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Batsari local government area, the worst hit area by activities of bandits terroriing some parts of Katsina State, gathered at Al-Qalam University in Katsina to receive food items as a donation from the institution to the IDPs.
At the event, the university handed out food items worth over N300,000 in a bid to ameliorate the hardship of many displaced by the bandits’ attacks across Batsari and environs. The victims of the recent attacks on some villages in Batsari local lovernment area are from, among others, Yar Gamji, Wagini, Yasore, Sabon Garin Labo and Dan Geza villages.
Insecurity is a challenge across no fewer than eight local government areas in Katsina State. Batsari LGA, in a recent statistics released by the Katsina State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), is the area with the highest number of displaced persons in the state.
Executive Secretary of the Katsina SEMA, Alhaji Babangida Nasamu, at an event recently said about 18,544 out of a total of 25,988 IDPs in the state as at June 1, 2019, were in Batsari besides about 1,707 that fled to Katsina metropolis and 616 taking refuge at Jibia.
According to the SEMA chief, some 513 IDPs were in Danmusa while Safana accounted for about 607 of the helpless persons, who are predominantly women and children.
The Vice Chancellor of Al-Qalam University, Prof. Shehu Ado, represented by his deputy, Dr. Kabir Kado, on Friday, May 31, 2019, presented 12 types of food items among which were bags of rice, millet, gari, sugar, cartons of spaghetti, gallons of vegetable oil, cartons of soap and detergent to the chairman of the IDPs, Dr. Salisu Garba.
Presenting the relief materials at the premises of the university, Prof. Ado condemned the attacks as senseless and inhuman.
“Al Qalam Varsity community is equally concerned about the senseless and ungodly killings by these bandits perpetrated on innocent citizens in Batsari and environs and we decided to extend a helping hand to the survivors of the in-human act,” he asserted.
He prayed for those who lost their lives during the attacks and for peace to prevail so that the IDPs could go back to their respective villages to enjoy their normal activities.
While extolling the varsity after receiving the donation of the food items, the chairman of the IDPs, Dr. Salisu Garba, said the IDPs in Batsari local government will not forget the gesture shown by the university at this difficult situation.