Governor Inuwa Yahaya Visits NSCDC Headquarters
…Harps On Comprehensive Review Of Operational Strategies To Combat Crimes
…Seeks Presence Of Trained Agro-Rangers At Harvest Time To Secure Farming Communities
…Says NSCDC’s National Safe Schools Protection programme Will Help Restore Parents’ Confidence, Ensure Safety of Students
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, CON has paid a working visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in Abuja where he met with the Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi and the top echelon of the Corps.
During the meeting, Governor Inuwa Yahaya, who is also the Chairman of the Nothern Governors’ Forum, brought to the fore, the security challenges facing Gombe State and Northern Nigeria as a whole with a view to finding sustainable solutions.
A press release on Monday, 16th October 2023 signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Gombe Government House, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said that he sought enhanced collaboration between state governments and security agencies like the NSCDC in addressing pressing security challenges and promoting socio-economic development, particularly in the agrarian region.
With security challenges looming large, the Governor emphasized the necessity for innovative approaches to safeguard the nation, suggesting an urgent need for a comprehensive review of operational strategies to enhance the security landscape in Nigeria.
In what can be described as a proactive move to protect the well-being of his state’s agrarian economy, Governor Inuwa Yahaya made a request for the presence of more Agro-Rangers during the harvest season.
He said restricting herder movements during this crucial period has been a successful strategy, and therefore sought the support of the NSCDC to reinforce these efforts further.
He underscored the necessity for the NSCDC to continually adapt its operational strategies to combat crimes such as banditry, kidnapping, and farmer-herder conflicts effectively.
The Governor disclosed his administration’s seasonal restriction of herder movements during harvest times to enable farmers to achieve bountiful harvests but acknowledged the challenges in enforcing compliance, hence the need to strengthen collaboration with the NSCDC and relevant outfits.
He said the presence of the Agro-Rangers will not only help secure the farming communities but also contribute to food security across the region.
“Unfortunately, it is the farmer-herder clashes that culminated into banditry and kidnapping we are witnessing in our country today.
“We have a law in Gombe that as of October, no movement of cattle is allowed across the state. So as to allow the farmers to harvest their produce. Unfortunately, you know due to human nature, enforcement of that law has not been easy. We have the Gombe State Security and Traffic Corps, but that is not enough, that is why we have come to the Civil Defence to seek support.
“Over 75% of our people are peasant farmers, who rely on agriculture and animal rearing.
Insurgency activities have affected both our forest reserves and grazing reserves”.
Governor Inuwa also raised concerns and drew the attention of the security chiefs to the protection of schools in the North East, a region that has faced severe educational challenges due to security threats.
He acknowledged the critical role of the National Safe Schools Protection programme initiated by the NSCDC, saying it holds the potential to restore the confidence of parents and ensure the safety of students in schools, especially given the concerning situation of only one functioning female boarding school in the Northern part of Gombe State.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya told the NSCDC boss that his administration successfully facilitated the return of more than 350,000 out-of-school children to the educational system, emphasizing the important role that the Corps’ Safe School Programme could play in rebuilding parents’ confidence and ensuring the retention of the students in schools.
He commended the visionary leadership of the NSCDC under Dr. Audi, and in particular the Agro-Rangers and the National Safe Schools Protection programmes, adding that the initiatives are in line with the visions, policies, and developmental goals of Gombe State, known for its agrarian economy.
He reaffirmed his commitment to supporting the NSCDC’s operations in both Gombe and the Northern region.
In his response, Dr Abubakar Audi agreed to the collaboration and support requested by the Gombe State Governor.
He committed to deploying more Agro Ranger personnel and ensuring the deployment of high-quality officers to Gombe State.
“I want to assure you that we will support you; we will send experts and highly trained intelligence personnel to Gombe to train the Traffic and Security Corps which you already set up in the State. We will also send them to our schools for necessary training to upscale their efficiencies.
“Civil Defence is the lead agency in the protection of critical national infrastructure in Nigeria. We provide safety and security for agro-allied companies including farmers and farmlands.
“As you mentioned, Gombe State is an agrarian state, we are going to assist you by providing more Agro-Rangers personnel. Your coming is timely. We train our AgroRangers quarterly. We are just training some batches and as soon as they are finished, we will liaise with the Gombe State Commandant and send you some of them”
Dr. Audi praised the dynamic leadership exhibited by Governor Inuwa Yahaya, emphasizing that Gombe State, under his stewardship, has achieved remarkable prominence and substantial accomplishments.
He pledged unwavering support for the Gombe State government in its pursuit of becoming the safest state in the subregion and advancing the climate and agrarian revolution initiated by Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s administration.