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National Security: Gov. Ganduje Addresses National Institute for Security Studies

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Isiyaku Ahmed

The National Institute for Security Studies (NISS), Bwari, Abuja, in its Executive Intelligence Management Course Dialogue (EIMC) 13, hosted Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday, at its Conference Hall.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State, Abba Anwar said the Governor presented a paper on “Promoting National Security and Economic Development: The Kano State Experience.”

In his presentation, Gov Ganduje said “there is no better time to get this programme than now. I am here to bring to the limelight and to your attention, the Kano state experience in securing our environment. Being that, security is presently a major challenge in the country.”

“When more people are getting into crimes in a more ruthless, desperate and sophisticated manner. We thank the Almighty Allah in Kano, that, despite our population size and the state being the biggest democracy in the country, we are one of the most peaceful states in the country,” the Governor appreciated.

He argued that, “The modern concept of National Security is predicted on the primary function of government to defend the citizens, the institutions and the economic development of the state.”

According to the statement, Ganduje Highlighted that, “The activities of government are the driving force in achieving peace and stability in a nation. So national security is synonymous with economic development. No society will develop in an atmosphere of insecurity and terrorism.”

He explained how the Kano, in an effort to tame kidnapping among other criminalities, the state government adopts ICT approach, maintaining that, “…we have the best tracking instruments in the country.”

Gov Ganduje in group photograph with officials of NISS

The statement in part reads: When listing the efforts his government is making in securing the state, he mentioned the establishment of a joint security task force, which includes Police, Department of State Security, Army, Air Force, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kano State Road Traffic Agency, among others, who work in good synergy in seeing to the security of the state.

“Community policing is one of the major steps we give priority for the security of the state. We established Command and Control Centre to have all access to criminals with the sole aim of taming them for the security and development of our dear state in particular and the country in general,” Gov. Ganduje disclosed.

While acknowledging that unemployment constitutes significant percentage in increasing the rate of crimes, he disclosed that, “Looking at that, made us think that we must come up with a modern skills acquisition centre. Which we did and named Aliko Dangote Skills Acquisition Centre, with over 20 different kinds of trades.”

Governor Ganduje reveals that, all the feats in the security sector became possible because of the political will from his part, “…with the development of institutions with committed people and modern equipment that are always ready to be out to use,” he stated.

He listed rape as part of the major crimes that must be tackled. “On rape we have life imprisonment for rapists. We are also considering castration for rapists. We just have to deal with this dehumanising issue head on.”

Mr Didacus Egbeji, fsi, fdc, who is the Deputy Commandant and Director of Studies, commended Ganduje for his effort in securing the state. “Your Excellency you are not only a champion of community policing, but also a pacesetter of repute in community policing,” the statement concluded.

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