Mustapha Imrana Abdullahi
The COALITION OF FUNTUA CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION has urged the Katsina State Government to follow in the footsteps of Zamfara and Kaduna States in restoring network services to alleviate the suffering and devastation that the people of the affected areas are currently experiencing.
In a statement signed by the acting chairman of the coalition, Alhaji Umar A. Imam, and the Secretary-General, Comrade Rabi’u Umar Maska, it was revealed that
“The Coalition of Civil Society in Funtua is a registered nonpartisan, non-profit, and non-religious organization that serves as the umbrella body for the civil society organizations in Funtua Local Government. Its main objectives are to support the community systems and structures for the improvement of socio-economic development and the security of our people. “
The statement further said that it also helps and supports the community to conduct self-help activities for the improvement of the social welfare of its members.
It equally supports governments at all levels by augmenting their efforts in healthcare, education, youth empowerment, and other infrastructural development.
The observations and recommendations made by the coalition revealed a
The Coalition observed as follows;
1. That Katsina State and the northwest, in general, is bedeviled by serious security challenges due to the activities of the heartless armed bandits
2. That despite the numerous military and other interventions the bandits continue to unleash mayhem on the innocent citizens unabated.
3. That the decision of the government to suspend mobile service networks in the front line LGAs was a good strategy aimed at decimating the enemy, but the length of time taken made it lose its steam.
4. That the bandits have now secured various means of communicating among themselves thereby continuing their onslaught on our communities.
5. Also the suspension of the network for this lengthy period has caused the collapse of businesses, loss of jobs, austerity, and increase the abject poverty level with tendencies to increase the rate of insecurity, if not tamed.
6. That the suspension of the network has incapacitated our local vigilantes who in most cases are the first people to come to the rescue of the attacked communities as they can not be reached in time due to the lack of communication services.
7. That the restriction of the use of motorcycles and tricycles in our townships by 6.00 pm also add salt to the injury and cause further difficulty to the ailing citizens.
8. The ruthless way the security agencies, especially the police, handle those found flying on those cycles leaves much to be desired as they are sometimes manhandled and pursued like bandits.
The Coalition wishes to make the following clarion call on the State Government and the security agencies operating in the state:
1. That the State Government immediately, to emulate the similar action of both the neighboring states of Kaduna and Zamfara, restore the network services to reduce the suffering and devastation that the communities presently suffer.
2. That if restriction of movement is anything helpful to the security operation, it should be adjusted to 10.00 pm when the majority of the people completed their social and economic activities of the day.
3. That the maltreatment of our people for using motorcycles by some police personnel should henceforth be stopped
4. That the state government should provide more palliative measures to youth who have lost jobs or whose businesses have failed to reduce the likelihood of them becoming involved in criminal activity.
5. That the Government should continue to strengthen the community policing and local vigilantes to work in harmony with the security agencies.