By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been honoured as the Most Security-Compliant Governor in Northern Nigeria by Myproject Institute of Security/Strategic Studies during the Security Excellence Award (SEA) night 2018. The event took place at the National Defence College, Abuja recently.
It was acknowledged at the event that: “The internal security setting in Kano has attained greater heights sequel to the proactive response of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his team of security advisors.”
The Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Muhammad Ali said that the purpose of the event was to celebrate those individuals that have worked hard to make a difference for their states or the nation they serve.
“Particularly those who have exhibited extraordinary leadership qualities, humility, courage in their drive for proper service delivery to the fatherland,” Ali explained.
He said Kano State under Governor Ganduje has been witnessing a great advancement in terms of addressing the cases of insecurity ranging from reduction in gang violence, fanaticism, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes, rape cases, armed robbery, human trafficking to cattle rustling among others.
He further explained: “It is in the realisation of this fact that My project Institute worthy to honour Kano state and Governor Ganduje with the Award of the Most Security-Compliant Governor in Northern Nigeria.”
Ali stated that before arriving at the award night, it was disclosed that all the awardees had gone through thorough screening by a team of experts who worked dispassionately to produce the list of those to be honoured.
While realising that the award ceremony was a booster aimed at encouraging individuals who have distinguished themselves in the collective quest to keep Nigeria one, devoid of insurgency, secessionist tendencies among others.
The eminent Nigerians at the occasion acknowledged that issues of insecurity had become global phenomena and Nigeria was no exception.
In his acceptance speech, Governor Ganduje commended the organisers for their effort in arriving at the final result of their meticulous study which placed Kano above all other states in terms of security consciousness and articulation of other techniques in securing lives and properties.
He said: “I have to thank you for appreciating our modest achievements and dedication in the area of security. This is a comparative study you embarked upon before arriving at this conclusion. As Kano is cosmopolitan, we have to appreciate the fact that any cosmopolitan geographical space on this planet has its own peculiarities. Kano is not an exception, anyway.”
As he was revealing some ‘modest achievements’ as he calls them, in the area of security management, the governor adde: “We first and foremost look at the security agencies and see where to help and/or complement their patriotic efforts, while we consistently liaise with those agencies that helps us in mapping out strong security methods in dealing with security challenges in the state.”
“We have nine entry points to Kano, where we built nine Security Dormitories and in each dormitory, we have 70 policemen which have eased detection of security challenges across the entry points and within. These security personnel are provided with all that is needed for a befitting dormitory,” he revealed.
Ganduje hinted that in the area of cattle rustling, it is no longer an issue in Kano, disclosing that government had sat down with cattle rustlers, dialogued with them when “we listened to them and advised that such heinous act was inimical to development. Having realised the danger embedded in what they were doing, many of them had surrendered.”
Those who surrendered, according to him, “…were empowered. And many of them are now contributing to the state economy. That is why cattle rustling is now history in Kano.”
He said for the issues of insurgency we need strong community cooperation for accurate and patriotic intelligence report as well as community policing strategy, saying that is why Kano state government has been encouraging strong synergy between the security agencies and traditional institutions.