Kano State Government has dissociated itself from the newly floated Northern security network version, codenamed ‘Operation Shege Ka Fasa’.
Governor Abdulahi Ganduje disclosed this on Friday while addressing State House Correspondents, after leading a large number of Kano State eminent personalities on a courtesy visit on President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ganduje disclosed that the Kano State Government has invested so much in security at various levels that it would be unnecessary to consider any other external arrangement.
He boasted the state’s security architecture had turned Kano into a trap for criminals.
He said that the state provides conducive environment for the security agencies, adding that Command and Control Centre was established where security agencies communicate with one another.
Besides, the state has constructed army training Centre at Falgore, which he said is the biggest forest in the country, stressing that about N500 million had been committed to the project.
The Governor also said his administration’s free and compulsory education from basic to secondary levels was already addressing the dual menace of mass out of school children and early girl child marriage.
The Governor, whose large entourage was without the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said talks were still on to resolve the disagreement between the Emir and the Kano State Government.
Speaking on the ‘Operation Ka Fasa’ agenda, Ganduje said: “Kano State being the most peaceful state in the federation, I have just explained how we managed to do that. Very soon we are going to have community security summit, that is how the communities are going to assist security agencies.
“We are going to come out with a blueprint. Instead of recruiting people into the police force, we are going to build a strong synergy between the communities and the security agencies. The synergy will be from the ward level to local government level to state level to zonal level. It will work because it’s been working.
“So, there is no intention to recruit into security agencies in the state and moreover we have introduced ICT into the security operations in the state. And like I said earlier, we have built a command and control center where we can community with all the DPOs in the state.
“We can see them, speak with them through the cameras, CCTV has been installed in all black spots throughout the state, we have been monitoring and it is working. We have also installed most powerful vehicle tracker in the country, which operates even beyond Kano State. That is why Kano State is a trap where kidnappers can be arrested.
“Kano State as of today is the most peaceful state in the country. No armed robbery, no banditry, no tribal conflicts, no religious conflicts, even the few cases of kidnapping the kingpins are being arrested in Kano.
“You will recall that those who attacked the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state were arrested in Kano. Even the Magaji Darin Daura who was kidnapped for almost two months, the man behind it was arrested in Kano.
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“We have introduced ICT into security administration in the state that is why we are succeeding. We have full cooperation among the security agencies and Kano is providing an heavenly environment for the security agencies, especially in terms of community policing.
“Also, we have succeeded in establishing a very powerful command and control center where all security agencies and their representatives do communicate with each other. And from that center, security agencies are able to communicate with all the DPOs in all the 44 local government areas in the state,” the Governor said.
On the state’s education policy, he said: “Education in Kano State is now free and compulsory from basic to secondary school. We informed him that we are integrating the Almajiri system into the modern system or learning.
“We also informed him on how we are providing teachers to Almajeri schools, providing free meals to all primary schools, paying schools fees of all secondary school students that parents were suppose to pay, proving free uniforms to all our primary schools children and all other things that make free and compulsory education.
“For girl-child education, since we made education to be compulsory from basic to secondary school, you know that we will not allow girls to roam about selling items along the streets and filling stations.
“All girl child must be in school and by implication, early marriage is being curtailed because they have to finished secondary school before they get that opportunity (marriage). That also in a way is checking over population which is a big problem in Nigeria”, he said.