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  • News - North West - Kaduna
  • Updated: February 06, 2024

Poverty, unemployment factors fueling banditry, others — Governor Sani

Poverty, unemployment factors fueling banditry, others — G

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna has pinpointed poverty and unemployment as the underlying factors fueling the current wave of banditry and kidnapping in the North-West region.

Speaking on Monday at Government House, Governor Sani stressed the importance of good governance in tackling these security challenges effectively.

He also acknowledged the ongoing military efforts against banditry, highlighting the establishment of two Forward Operation Bases (FOBs) in strategic locations with support from the Defence headquarters.

However, Sani highlighted the importance of a non-kinetic approach, emphasising the role of good governance in addressing the economic problems leading to insecurity.

The governor announced a $28 million support from Kuwait to tackle the alarming rate of out-of-school children in Kaduna.

He stressed that a holistic approach, including educational reforms, support for farmers, and increased productivity, is essential for eradicating poverty and, subsequently, insecurity in the region.

In addition to military interventions, Sani revealed plans to establish a Security Trust Fund, allowing private-sector collaboration to enhance security efforts.

He underscored the need for good governance, citing the high number of out-of-school children in the state as a pressing concern that requires urgent attention.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna Elders’ Forum, led by Gen. Zamani Lekwot (rtd), and Abubakar Mustapha, congratulated the governor on his electoral victory.

They commended his focus on rural development, noting that positive outcomes have already been observed.

They said Sani’s advocacy for good governance as a crucial element in the fight against insecurity reflects a comprehensive strategy that addresses both the immediate military challenges and the underlying economic factors contributing to the region’s instability.

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