The President of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Kaduna State chapter, Comrade Rayyanu Isyaku Turunku, says insecurity had been a major hindrance to their productivity across local government areas in the state.
Turunku said this at a security meeting organised by a civil society group, ‘Make Kaduna Better Youths Initiative’ held at their secretariat on Thursday in Kaduna.
Turunku noted that most of local government workers and their families were affected by kidnapping, and other forms of insecurity in the state which hampers on there activities to extend dividends of democracy to the grassroots.
According to him, the most worrisome trends faced by the local government areas across the state was informants who access information through the locals in the communities to unleash terror acts.
“Our major problems are not even the bandits because they usually don’t have information about communities they attack, the people giving information and directing targets to them are our major issues because we live with them and can’t identify them.
He commended security personnel on their roles in tracking the menace and called on them to do more in protecting the lives and properties of the people especially in villages and other insecurity prone areas.
He also urged the security agencies to have mutual relationships and understanding with the locals and voluntary security outfits across communities for ease operations.
“Thought the local security outfits have limited roles in security operations, they should be empowered and encouraged by the government to do more in providing information to security personnel on advent of likely threats to communities”, Turunku said.
Earlier, the Commisioner of Police in the state, Mudassiru Abdullahi, assured respective traditional institutions and people of various communities of an improved secured atmosphere in the state.
Represented by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Sabon Gari Division, CSP Abdullahi Yusuf, the Commissioner pledged increase in deployment of more security personnel in order to curb recent upsurge in communal disputes in villages.
The Police boss used the unique opportunity to call on all and sundry to embrace dialogue in attaining peace as it is priceless.
He further maintained that no society develops in an atmosphere of rancor and apprehension thus, considering the communities as agrarian settlements, the need to ensure peaceful coexistence can never be overemphasized especially amid the current farming season.
Abdullahi noted that the Police command would continue to work with special constabularies in various ways towards achieving the objective of peace, stability for meaningful development in the state.
He urged the people of Kaduna state to be peaceful and law abiding.
Also speaking, the convener of Make Kaduna Better Youth Initiative, Comrade Samaila Sammani, said the meeting was to discuss and proffer youths based solutions to the issues of insecurity in Kaduna state.
“The Kaduna State Government is trying its best on tackling issues of insecurity, however, we as youths have greater roles to play in curbing the menace”, he said.
He called on the Kaduna state government to see the need of including the youths into security committees in the state.
He also called on the public to help the government in tackling insecurity by reporting suspicious movements of strangers and people in communities to the appropriate