The Katsina government has revealed plans to pay special allowances to Friday Mosques clerics, their deputies, Mua’dhins (callers of prayer) and Ward Heads in order to encourage them to join the fight against insecurity in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Governor Dikko Radda revealed this after inaugurating the Steering Committees for the Katsina Community Watch Corps.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Kaula-Mohammed, quoted Radda as saying that the committee would collaborate with other security personnel to seek out bandits across the state.
He said that members of the steering committee for each of the 34 Local Government Areas included the Council Chairman, District Head, Divisional Police Officer and representatives of various security agencies.
Others, he said, are two representatives of the business community as well as representatives of religious sects.
The governor said that the committee would monitor and evaluate the operation of the KCSWC in their areas and present monthly reports to the Commissioner for Internal Security.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Dr. Nasiru Mu’azu-Danmusa, had said that insecurity was gradually waning across the state since the creation of the KCSWC.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu-Abdulkadir, and retired Justice Saddik Abdullahi-Mahuta, had commended the governor for taking steps to tackle insecurity in the state.
Nuhu-Abdulkadir, who is the District Head of Rimi and Abdullahi-Mahuta, the District Head of Malumfashi, respectively, pledged continued support of the traditional rulers to the committee.