By Mohammed Baba Busu
Gov. Mohammed Umaru Bago of Niger has advised the people of Kagara Emirate to be more security conscious by restricting their own movements and cooperating with security operatives.
Bago gave the advice when he paid Sallah homage on the Emir of Kagara, Mallam Ahmed Garba Gunna ll, at his palace in Kagara as he rounded off his emirate tour.
This is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Bologi Ibrahim, and made available to newsmen in Minna on Sunday.
Bago noted that the emirate had been affected by banditry attacks and that restricting their own movement would help the security operatives in combating the menace.
According to Jim, “A lot of our rural dwellers do a lot of occupation in the hinterland and you find them gathering for weddings and on market days which is not very good for this situation as it affects security surveillance and operation.
“So we are encouraging them to restrict their movements unless it is very necessary they should remain within their enclaves so that bushes can also be cleared.”
The governor also said that his administration would ensure the construction of a dual carriageway in Kagara, in line with his urban renewal policy and also ensure the reconstruction of Minna/Tegina road.
He encouraged farmers to take advantage of the fertilizers government would provide at subsidised rate, to engage in farming.
Bago called on the citizens to support his administration to succeed.
The governor urged the people of the emirate and others to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of their affiliations, for development to thrive.
Earlier, the Emir, Mallam Ahmed Garba Gunna, appreciated the governor for his efforts so far in ensuring that the people of the emirate enjoyed relative peace.
” This made us and others to observe durbar during the Eid celebration,” he said .
The emir also disclosed that each of the traditional title holders in the emirate had acquired at least one hectare of land to engage in agricultural activities, following the strategies evolved by the present administration to promote national policy on food security.
The statement stated that the highpoint of the visit was the conferment of the traditional title of Gorozon Kagara on the governor and presentation of instruments of power to him.
Twelve others were also conferred with traditional titles.
Among the governor’s entourage were his Deputy, Mr Yakubu Garba, Chief of staff, Alhaji Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi, Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji and some government officials.