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Banditry: CSO Wants Govt To Invest In IDPs

"Let there be a synergy between all the three arms of government so that together they can put an end to all sorts of crime and criminality bedeviling Nigeria today".


 

A Civil Society Group simply identified as “Awareness For Good Leadership, Peace and Development” has called on the Katsina State Government and all other governors in the country with cases of armed banditry to invest hugely in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 

The group said the recent survey conducted by the group shows that IDPs are successful farmers and that if the state governors get IDPs’ data and provide them with farmland, fertilizers, and all necessary farming equipment, they can successfully farm what the state needs and also sell for profit making.

The National President of the group, Abdullahi Aliyu, in a press briefing held on Monday in the state capital, advised the Katsina State Government to engage at least two thousand IDPs and provide each with three hectares of farmland which he believed is enough to force the food price down and available for all.

“If the Federal Government can spend over five trillion naira with an aim of tackling armed banditry and yet the cases are increasing day by day, then there should be a different approach,” he explained.

He, therefore, called on all state governments particularly those that are affected by the insurgency to allow local government to receive their grant so that they can complement the efforts of the Federal Government and state.

According to the group, most local government chairmen cannot execute any developmental project despite the increase in the allocation coming to them.

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“We all understand the Federal Government is busy coming up with a series of modalities on how best they can put an end to the security challenges facing the nation. Likewise, the states are now beginning to introduce state security architectures but local governments can contribute nothing in tackling the insecurity because their monthly grant from the federation allocation is hanging with the state governments.

“We are calling on all state governments particularly those that are affected by the insurgency to allow local government to receive their grant so that can complement the efforts of the federal government and state.

“Most local government chairmen cannot execute any developmental project despite the increase in the allocation coming to the local governments.

“Let there be a synergy between all the three arms of government so that together they can put an end to all sorts of crime and criminality bedeviling Nigeria today,” he insisted.