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Sokoto Approves Establishment of Community Guards, 2024 Draft Budget

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Arrangements have been concluded by the Sokoto Government for the establishment of the State Community Guards; the Katsina model.

The State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Sambo Bello Danchadi, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday shortly after the state’s second Executive Council meeting held at Government House Sokoto.

He said the establishment of the State Community Guards, the model of Katsina state became necessary considering the enormous security challenges facing the state.

According to him, when established, the guards would complement the efforts of the conventional security agencies currently fighting the menace in and around the state.

“We want to provide the guards a legal backing.

“The creation of the local security architecture was informed by the wanton security challenges threatening the peaceful atmosphere in the state and its neighbours.

Danchadi maintained that the Bill will be forwarded to the state house of assembly for possible passage.

”As you know, Sokoto state is on the fringes of border lines facing security challenges.

“We want the state legislative house to provide the new security outfit with a legal backing that will empower it to operate and provide support to the Army, the Police, NSCDC, and other conventional apparatus working to keep peace in the state.

The bill for the establishment of the new security corps is sponsored unanimously by the state executive council”, says Danchadi.

In another Development, the state Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning Hon. Balarabe Musa Kadadi also at the briefing disclosed that a draft of the 2024 fiscal year budget framework has been approved and will soon be presented to the state legislative Assembly.

The Commissioner did not disclose the figure of the approved proposal by the executive council but said, the draft budget was prepared in in line with the provision of the National Chattered Institute of Accounting.

The draft process has in all ramifications respected the principles of consultations and inclusiveness with wider participation of civil organizations, and community-based organizations, with a view to reflecting the input of all stakeholders.

Similarly, the state Commissioner for Innovation and Digital Economy, Hon Bashir Umarun Kwabo said, the council also approved a medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) in compliance with section 121 subsection 1 of the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

He said the MTEF was aimed at driving a financial framework that would enable judicious management of the state resources to achieve economic prosperity.

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