Kano Gov’t trains 5,504 police constabulary to aid community policing (Pictures)

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Story from Shafa’atu DAUDA, Kano

Determined to improve the security of Kano State through improved security architecture, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has disclosed how community policing strategy goes deep 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 on Sunday, said, “Our administration found it necessary to support community participation in the security of our state.”

He enlisted, amongst other things, “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 eight metropolitan local governments, we are training 150, giving rise to 1,200 police constabulary. Having a total of 4, 800 in addition to 704 that have already been trained, which all stand 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 situations in the state.

“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,” he said.

He acknowledged and appreciated the security agencies for building full synergy among themselves, saying that “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, Correctional Homes, traditional institutions, Agency for 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,” Ganduje said.

During the inauguration of the Rano Emirate Council Community Policing Committees, Governor Ganduje stressed the importance of security in Nigeria.

“There is no doubt security is an issue of topical nature in Nigeria. It’s an issue that bothers almost everybody, all governments in Nigeria. And is an issue that we must all come together in order to solve it”.

He appreciated the security agencies, saying “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 the state.”

He listed, amongst other things, that, “First of all we examined the issue of metropolitan, Kano being a metropolitan city and a megacity, we have taken necessary steps in order to ensure the security of our own megacity.”

Explaining that, “We built what we call security dormitories on the major entrance of metropolitan Kano, each of the dormitories house 600 policemen. And also, we have developed a CCTV programme which is working very well. While the control room is with our security agencies. We have other technologies 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. 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 of Representatives leader, 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.

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