– As Gov. Ganduje inaugurates Rano Emirate Council Community Policing Committees
Determined to improve the security of the state through improved security architecture, the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed how community policing strategy goes deeply into the fabric of Kano society, as a political entity.
While enumerating reasons behind the recorded achievements in the security of the state, governor Ganduje, during the inauguration of the Rano Emirate Council Community Policing Committees, in Doguwa local government area, Sunday, said, “Our administration found it necessary to support community participation in the security of our state.”
He enlisted, amongst other things that, “We have gone further by recruiting Police Constabulary, who are assisting the security agencies. And also we are assisting the various community policing committees.
We trained in Kaduna 704 graduates of Police Constabulary. Also for each of the rural local governments, the 36 local governments, we are training 100 Police Constabulary. Making a total of 3,600 Police Constabulary.”
Adding that, “For the 8 metropolitan, local governments we are training 150 in each of the 8 local governments. Giving rise to 1,200 Police Constabulary. Having a total of 4,800 Police Constabulary in addition to 704 that have already been trained. Which all stands at 5,504 Police Constabulary now at hand.”
To further strengthen the strategy, he urged that, his administration has to embrace community policing in the maintenance of security situation in the state.
That, “Community participation, apart from community policing is necessary for us to achieve a desirable situation from all ramifications. As such, we are also inviting corporate social responsibility in the management of security situation in Kano state.”
Part of the factors that played an important role in the security situation in the state, he acknowledged and appreciated that, “Our security agencies have succeeded in building full synergy among themselves. And we have extended coordination in order to get security information and action in Kano state.
We have to thank the Police, the Department for State Security (DSS), the Air Force, the Army, the Civil Defence (NSCDC), Immigration, Customs and Excise, Corrcetional Homes, traditional institutions, Agency for the Fight Against Human Trafficking (NAPTIP), the Vigilante Groups, representatives of various communities, we have to thank them all. They are all contributing to the security situation in Kano state.”
During the inauguration of the Rano Emirate Council Community Policing Committees, he stressed that, “There is no doubt security is an issue of topical nature in Nigeria. Is an issue that bothers almost everybody, all governments in Nigeria. And is an issue that we must come altogether in order to solve it.
Appreciating further that, “We can see the effort of our security agencies that are working round the clock in order to keep Nigeria safe. In Kano state we are also conscious of the security of our state. Therefore we developed various strategies in order to secure Kano state.”
He listed, amongst other things, that, “First of all we examined the issue of metropolitan, Kano being a metropolitan city and a mega city, we have taken necessary steps in order to ensure the security of our own mega city.”
Explaining that, “We built what we call Security Dormitories on the major entrance of metropolitan Kano. That each of the dormitories houses 600 policemen. And also we have developed CCTV programme.
Which is working very well. While the control room is with our security agencies. We have other technology employed in order to check security issues.”
In his brief remarks, the Emir of Rano, Kabiru Inuwa Muhammad, commended the effort being put by governor Ganduje in securing all parts of the state, with the Divine help from Almighty Allah.
He said, “Today is a historic day that we cannot forget. All our people are happy with this special event taking place in our Emirate, Rano Emirate. We are always ready to cooperate with your policies and programmes Your Excellency Sir. Especially this issue of community policing.”
The programme was attended by the House Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, alongside other members of the National Assembly, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, Commissioners and other members of the State Executive Council, heads of security agencies, community leaders among many other dignitaries.