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Katsina govt spends over N10bn fighting insecurity in six months

Katsina State Government said that it has invested over N10 billion in the last six months to address security challenges in the state.

Bala Zango, the Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Home Affairs, disclosed to the press on Wednesday that a significant portion, exceeding N7 billion, was allocated to acquiring vehicles and associated hardware for security agencies.

This substantial financial commitment reflects the state’s dedication to enhancing its security infrastructure and capabilities.

Additionally, over 1,500 security personnel, known as the Katsina Security Watch Corps (KSWC), were recruited, trained, and deployed to local councils grappling with security challenges.

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This strategic investment has notably decreased security concerns, particularly those related to terrorist activities and kidnappings.

However, Commissioner Zango stressed the importance of community involvement in addressing insecurity, urging residents to provide valuable intelligence to aid security agencies.

He emphasised the need for accurate and objective reporting by journalists to avoid deterring potential investors from the state.

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has shut down the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp located at Government Senior Science Secondary School (GSSSS) in Monguno for urgent rehabilitation.

The governor stated that the Monguno IDP camp’s closure was aimed at facilitating the school’s reopening for the 2023/2024 academic session.

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Zulum, who announced the closure on Wednesday at Monguno, disclosed: “The inspection of the camp was to assess the level of destruction by Boko Haram and the prolonged use of the camp by displaced persons from Kukawa, Nganzai, Marte, and Guzamala local councils of the state.”

He mentioned plans to relocate more than 15,000 IDPs to the 1,000 finished housing units within Monguno township. These houses are part of a larger shelter initiative, including 10,000 resettlement homes for returnees.

“Displaced persons from communities and other villages that attain relative peace will be returned,” he said, assuring that IDPs from Kekeno, Mile 90, and Yoyo communities would return next year.

In addition to relocating the IDPs, Zulum promised “resettlement packages” for those eager to go back to their freed communities.

He emphasised that this support would assist the returnees in rebuilding their lives.