Gov Masari vows to deal with anyone found stealing peoples money
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has warned that government would not tolerate the attitude of politicians, civil servants and even traditional rulers that are engaged in siphoning monies disbursed as empowerment packages.
Speaking during the disbursement of 5000 Naira to one thousand women by the member representing Malumfashi local government in the state house of assembly, Governor Aminu Masari explained that the state government had received disturbing reports of extortion during the disbursement of Dangote empowerment packages in the state.
Alhaji Aminu Masari revealed that the report indicated that out of the ten thousand Naira, some of the women received only one thousand Naira while some received eight or seven or six thousand Naira only.
He expressed hope that the empowerment package in Malumfashi would not suffer the same fate in the hands of those assigned to disburse the monies.
The Governor said he was happy with the choice of women as vulnerable groups to benefit from the empowerment package.
He expressed the belief that the amounts will end up being spent to improve the welfare of the women and children, but if it was men, the monies will end up in their pockets.
He advised women not to engage in buying furniture for female children in matrimonial homes to meet up with modernity.
Rather, he said they should utilize the amount to engage in trades to improve their economic fortunes.
On insecurity, Governor Masari called for collective efforts to entrench peaceful coexistence in their domain.
He contended that in Malumfashi, not more than 100 policemen were posted to maintain security in the constituency.
Therefore, he said people have to assist with useful information to prevent crimes in the State.
To security agencies, he stressed that information so supplied must be treated with utmost confidentiality, adding that people must help to fish out informers of perpetrators of kidnappings, banditry and other criminalities.
Government, he said intends to supply suggestion boxes to ensure confidentiality of information so received.
On the ban for operation of motorcycles, Governor Aminu Masari said reports reaching Government showed that law enforcement agents are receiving bribery from the motorcyclists and allowing them operate and violate the ban.
He expressed worry that a citizen had taken government to the High court challenging the ban on motorcycles.
He used the occasion to announce that Malumfashi main township road that passes through the town and Malumfashi byepass have been awarded for complete rehabilitation, saying that no payment of compensation as the previous administration before dualising the road had settled the compensation.
Alhaji Aminu Masari commended the lawmaker for the empowerment package.
Earlier, the member of the state house of assembly representing Malumfashi constituency, Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim Sa’id who is the chairman of the house committee on health said the assistance was meant to improve the fortunes of women in the constituency.
He hoped beneficiaries would use the five thousand naira to enhance local trades such as Awara, Beancake , Koko and kosai among others.
Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim Sa’id alias”the Acid” expressed hope that he would be able to empower youths in the not too distant future in the constituency.
Others who spoke during the disbursement of the empowerment package are the APC chairman in the local government, Alhaji Yahuza Dayi, An elder of APC in Malumfashi, Alhaji Lawal Maogoro who commended the lawmaker for the initiative.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of the monies to the beneficiaries by the Governor and other dignitaries that attended the ceremony.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur
Government House Press Centre Katsina