Katsina State Government, on Monday, said it has concluded plans to introduce special allowances to Friday Mosques clerics, their deputies, Mua’dhins (callers of prayer) and Ward Heads to encourage them in the fight against insecurity.
The state governor, Dikko Radda, who revealed this after inaugurating the Steering Committees for the Katsina Community Watch Corps, KCSWC, however, did not mention Christian clerics in the planned allowance.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Ibrahim Kaula-Mohammed, quoted the governor saying that the committee would collaborate with other security personnel to seek out bandits across the state.
According to him, members of the steering committee for each of the 34 Local Government Areas of the state 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 KCSWC.
In their separate remarks, representatives of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu-Abdulkadir and retired Justice Saddik Abdullahi-Mahuta 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.