Katsina State Governor Dikko Radda has urged residents to take proactive measures to defend themselves from bandit assaults.
During an emergency security meeting at the Government House in Katsina, the governor emphasised the significance of not depending exclusively on government assistance.
Leading government officials, security chiefs, paramilitary agency chiefs, and notable traditional leaders from Daura and Katsina attended the Friday, February 09, 2024, meeting.
Governor Radda emphasised that quick action is required to address the state’s rising rates of food shortages, poverty, and insecurity.
“This meeting was called to review the security situation as well as rising poverty and food scarcity in the state. We must review the security situation in the state, take action to find a solution, and address these challenges. Apart from insecurity, there are other challenges like the rising cost of food and hunger amongst the population,” Governor Radda stated.
Furthermore, Radda informed communities that the government would help them if they organised themselves for self-defense, providing training and logistical aid.
He revealed that the state was going to create a task force to address food insecurity and skyrocketing food costs.
“The state government is fully prepared to assist any community that organizes themselves in their respective areas through training and the provision of logistics,” he affirmed.
Additionally, Radda promised quick government response, saying that Katsina State will not have to wait for disturbances such to those that occurred in Kano and Niger states to spread.