Nigeria Has Become Attractive To Kidnappers, Says Governor Masari

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State says Nigeria has become economically attractive to kidnappers and bandits within the Sahel region of the continent. 

The governor who on Wednesday was on Channels Television’s Politics Today strongly opposed the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits, stating that the idea is enabling the miscreants to continue with their crimes.

Masari argued that the security situation in the country has improved since the All Progressives Congress took the reigns.

“When we started in 2015 in the North-West, it was cattle-rustling. Gradually, it now developed into banditry, rape, kidnappings. When all that they (bandits) can steal from the villagers along the fringes finished, they moved to the rustling of goats, sheep, and even chicken.

“What we should do and what the government should do now is (about) high-profile kidnapping. In my state, they kidnapped four relatives of very senior government officials. When they cannot get anything to sustain themselves, they resort to high-profile kidnappings for money in cities and towns. That is the danger, that is something we must work hard to stop,” the governor opined.

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Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 17, 2021.

 

Masari also kicked against the intervention of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in quelling the banditry activities in the northwest.

He questioned the cleric’s knowledge on security issues.

“Was he there? What did he know about what we did in Kaduna? I challenge Gumi to come and tell us if he knows what we did in Kaduna,” the governor asked in reaction to Gumi’s stance on how the state government should handle banditry.

Speaking further on why he does not support Sheikh Gumi’s intervention, Masari said the cleric did not go about it the right way.

“I expect him to, first of all, preach to them (the bandits), the implication of killing innocent people and also the implication of abducting people and its consequences. That is what I expect a clergyman first and foremost to do,” the governor noted.

Masari Upgrades Mashigi Dam To Boost Irrigation Farming In Katsina

A cross-section of the Mashigi Dam in Katsina.
A cross-section of the Mashigi Dam in Katsina.

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has assured people of Malumfashi and Ƙanƙara Local Government Areas of the state of adequate and portable drinking water supply to boost irrigation farming.

The governor made the assurance on Wednesday at Mashigi Dam Site in Malumfashi Local Government Area, after he inspected the completed rehabilitation project at the dam, a project out to generate roughly 9 to 10 million cubic meters per day.

The project is one of the rehabilitation projects awarded by the governor since 2016.

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The state government is also looking at the possibility of acquiring additional water treatment plant that will double the capacity of the existing water volume.

“We are studying two things, one we increase the supply in Malumfashi LGA and see the possibility where we take the water to Ƙankara or Ƙankara can be sourced from another sources and we believe that before the end of 2021 work will start,” Masari said.

“Now we have positioned a design capacity of the treatment plant which is 4.5 million litres per day and that we intend to double it so that we have roughly about 9 million litres per day. We are looking at roughly about 10 million litres per day for Malumfashi and see the possibility of accommodating Ƙankara.”

According to the governor, Malumfashi, before the inception of the current state administration in 2015 been, was without water for more than three years.

Katsina Government Shuts Down Traditional Healing Home

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has directed that a traditional healing center in Tashar Wali area of Dutsi Local Government Council of the state, be shut down.

The governor gave the directive after an unscheduled stop-over at the center on his way back from Daura LGA.

There, Governor Masari directed the state commissioner for local government and chieftaincy Affairs, Ya’u Gwojo-Gwojo to immediately summon the Head of Administration including the District Head of the affected LGA to ascertain the claims by the traditional healer, Sada Salihu that the local authorities were aware of his operations at the healing home.

The Governor after taking time to go round the home which was not properly and hygienically kept, was stunned at the stench from some of the rooms.

In an interaction with the Governor, the healer insisted that the odour coming out from the room was a concoction made from writings within the Holy Qur’an.

According to the healer, the potion was used to wash bodies to heal infirmities, while sometimes customers, mostly women are asked to drink for healing purposes.

The governor however observed that the people visiting the home could end up being inflicted with various ailments as not even a pit latrine existed within the premises of the healing home.

Governor Masari Swears In Fourteen Special Advisers

 

Governor Aminu Masari on Wednesday swore in fourteen special advisers for Katsina State.

Of the number, ten are returnees while four are newly appointed.

The four new special Advisers are: Bashir Dayyabu for international donor agencies, Lawal Tanimu Saulawa for labour, Kabir Sha’aibu for political affairs and Abdullahi Mahuta for legislative matters.

The reappointed include: Muntari Lawal, Bashir Ruwan Godiya, Abdulkadir Mamman Nasir, Hussaini Adamu Karaduwa, Khaliel Ibrahim, Aminu Lawal Jibiya and Lawal Usman Bagiwa.

Others include are, Hamza Muhammad Borodo, Dr Abba Abdullahi and Abdu Habu Dankum.

Speaking shortly after taking the oath of office and that of allegiance by the appointees, Governor Aminu Masari explained that the reappointment of the ten special Advisers had demonstrated a certificate of confidence on them by his administration.

The Governor stated that the four new special Advisers were appointed to fill the need for realignment and readjustment in the executive council to meet challenges of development.

By this development, he revealed that there would be the creation of new ministries to fast_rack governance in the state.

To the four new special Advisers, the governor said that they may be new members of the state executive council but not new to APC administration in the state.

He, therefore, charged them to put people first in all their conducts in office, stressing that their attitude would make or mar their offices.

The Governor requested the appointees to limit celebrations in respect of the insecurity situation, although relative peace had according to him been restored through the signing of the peace deal with leaders of suspected armed bandits.

He also spoke at length on the need for education of children of the farmers and Fulani herdsmen for insecurity challenges to be overcome.

He appealed to both farmers and Fulani herdsmen to embrace the culture of educating their children adding that they should not sale farmlands or cattle to marry off their children.

The swearing-in ceremony witnessed the attendance of the Deputy Governor, Quantity Surveyor, Mannir Yakubu, the speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly, Tasi’u Zango, members of the state house of assembly, the Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, the Grand Khadi, Alhaji Al-Hafiz Abubakar and the secretary to the government of Katsina state, Dr Mustapha Inuwa.

Others include the state chairman of the APC, Alhaji Shitu Shitu and the Katsina based business mogul, Alhaji Dahiru Bara’u Mangal among others.

Katsina Governor Appoints New SSG, Swears In Seven Permanent Secretaries

Six reappointed permanent secretaries taking the oath of office at the council chamber of the Katsina Government House on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

 

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari on Wednesday appointed Mustapha Inuwa as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).

Seven Permanent Secretaries were also sworn-in in the state civil service.

One of the permanent secretaries, Halima Lawal from the state ministry of Education, is newly appointed while the remaining six are reappointed.

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The newly appointed officers were drawn from the state Ministries of work, Health, Environment, and Commerce including the Government House and SGS Office. Those reappointed includes Muntari Lawal, Suleiman Yakubu Safana, Hafizu Iliyasu, Sani Isiyaku Masari, Mustapha Kabir and Muntari Danladi.

Their reappointment according to the governor was based on merit and their outstanding performance during the past tenure.

Trial Of Ex-Katsina Governor, Shema To Begin Next Year

 

The High Court of Justice in Katsina State presided over by Justice Maikaita Bako has adjourned the trial of the former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema, alongside three other commissioners till February 13, 2018.

Shema is being charged alongside three others, Sani Hamisu Makana, Lawal Ahmad Safana and Ibrahim Lawal Dankaba before Justice Maikaita Bako of the Katsina State High Court for the alleged offences of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and conversion of public funds to the tune of over 11 billion Naira during his tenure as governor.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had on September 26, 2016, declared the former governor wanted for an alleged fraud amounting to 76 billion Naira.

The anti-graft agency said the decision was made because Mr. Shema had ignored all invitations since 2015 to answer questions about the allegations made by the current governor of the state, Governor Aminu Masari.

The agency further added that the former Katsina governor is wanted for criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, adding that all efforts to locate him has also proved unsuccessful.

But the incumbent governor of the state, Bello Masari is said to have been displeased with the handover note he received from his predecessor and thereafter set a panel to investigate the management of the state’s finances by Mr. Shema, vowing to ensure that all stolen funds are returned to the government coffers.

Katsina Govt Challenges ITF Management Over Assessment Training

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has challenged the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to carry out an assessment of the needs of the people before enrolling them for any training.

Speaking when the management of the training fund visited him, Governor Masari said that the training should be able to meet the needs of the people and not a stereotype.

He also urged the fund to include access to finance in their programmes.

Earlier, the Director General of ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, expressed concern that the nation’s growing population needs to be put to good use.

Sir Ari observed that Nigeria’s population is projected at 500 million by 2050.

He added that the fund is equipping young people with skills and knowledge to make Nigeria a productive nation.

North-West Governors Meet To Discuss Economy, Security

North-West Governors Meet To Discuss Economy, SecurityGovernors from the north-west zone of Nigeria have met in Kaduna to discuss issues affecting the region and the country in general.

The meeting was held behind closed door at the Kaduna State Government House and had in attendance the governors of Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto as well as the deputy governors of Kaduna and Kano states.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said that the meeting focused on how to revive agriculture as a way of boosting the revenue profile of the states especially during this present economic recession.

“We discussed the issue of taking advantage of the policies of the federal government in the area of agriculture in particular and the states are mobilised towards taking full advantage of the programmes by the federal government,” he said.

He further explained that the governors appraised the ongoing war against cattle rustlers and armed bandits in the region.

“I think cattle rustling has been really reduced to the barest minimum now and we are working together with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the issue of cattle rustling is addressed once and for all,” he promised.

Besides the plans to enhance the security in the region, the governors have also came up with a plan on youth empowerment and job creation that will be implemented by various states.

This, according to him, is to encourage the youths to go back to agriculture which the north is known for.

EFCC Declares Ibrahim Shema Wanted For Alleged Fraud

shemaA former governor of Katsina State, Mr. Ibrahim Shema, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for an alleged fraud amounting to 76 billion Naira.

The anti-graft agency says it took the decision because Mr. Shema had ignored all invitations since 2015 to answer questions over the allegations made by the current governor of the state, Governor Aminu Masari.

The agency further states that the former Katsina governor is wanted for criminal conspiracy, inflation of contracts, abuse of office, diversion of funds and embezzlement, adding that all efforts to locate him has also proved unsuccessful.

Mr. Masari is said to have been displeased with the handover note he received from his predecessor and thereafter set a panel to investigate the management of the state’s finances by Mr. Shema, vowing to ensure that all stolen funds are returned to the government coffers.