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  • Updated: January 19, 2024

Banditry: Katsina Governor Radda seeks international group's support to resettle IDPs

Banditry: Katsina Governor Radda seeks international group's

Governor Umaru Dikko Radda, Country Director of the foundation, Hamdi El-Sayid Abdou

Katsina Governor, Dikko Radda has sought the support of the Qatar Charity Foundation to fast-track the resettlement of persons displaced by banditry in the state.

The Governor made the call for action when he visited the Qatar Charity Foundation, Nigeria office in Abuja as contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Ibrahim Kaula on Friday.

The governor while speaking on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the state government and the foundation highlighted the urgent need for intervention to address insecurity and banditry.

He stressed the need for the reconstruction of destroyed houses to facilitate the resettlement of displaced persons to their localities, adding that the measure would encourage larger villages to improve security coordination.

According to Radda, the state government is working in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), German and Norwegian Embassies to support displaced persons in empowerment and housing initiatives.

The statement also quoted Radda as soliciting support towards the construction of Islamic schools, boreholes and housing units, particularly in the face of resource challenges exacerbated by the insecurity.

He outlined plans by the government to build Qur’anic memorisation centres across the three senatorial zones in the state.

"The centres would be integrated into the formal school system to enhance the teaching of core subjects."

While congratulating the Qatari government for its global economic growth and tourism initiatives, Radda pledged unwavering support to the foundation’s objectives.

The governor further lauded the foundation over the construction of an Islamic Centre in Daura, and its contributions toward the growth of Islamic education.

According to the governor, the security situation has improved by about 70 per cent since the inception of the Security Guard Watch in the state.

Responding, the Country Director of the foundation, Hamdi El-Sayid Abdou, said the foundation focused on education, scholarships, health and empowerment programmes.

Abdou said the foundation would provide scholarships to orphans and social housing units to persons affected by banditry, adding that it would also renew the MoU and complete the Islamic Centre project in Daura. 

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