AfDB, JICA, others to partner Katsina on rural development
At separate meetings with Governor Aminu Masari in Abuja, each of the agencies assured of its preparedness to key into the state’s development programmes, to address the security and other challenges taking up its meagre resources.
Governor Masari, who visited the regional headquarters of JICA, AFD, and AfDB on Monday, has sought the support of the agencies in fast-tracking development, especially in the rural areas of the state.
The governor associated the banditry by herdsmen and other security challenges in the state to the illiteracy on the part of the herdsmen, occasioned by their neglect by successive governments to provide essential infrastructure to their communities, mostly located in the forest.
He said although the state government had been able to successfully persuade the herdsmen to renounce their criminal ways of life and embrace peace, the government must, however, put in place structures that would sustain the peace permanently.
After the government’s dialogue with the commanders of the bandits in the eight affected councils, nearly two months ago, kidnapping and other forms of banditry have stopped in the state, he added.
But Katsina, according to him, does not have the resources to provide the necessary infrastructure to the herders’ communities. These include primary schools, clinics and water points for human and animal use.
The governor told his hosts that in the past two years, his administration had built 10 primary schools and 10 clinics in some of the herders’ communities, and had since the concluded plan for 10 more of each, which would have been built, but for the activities of the bandits.
In addition, the government has also expended over N100 million to demarcate cattle routes, which had been encroached by farmers, he further said.
The AfDB, according to its Senior Director and Head of the Nigeria Country Department, Ebrima Faal, has approved projects worth $250 million in the country.
Also, the Country Director of AFD, Mr. Pascal Grangereau, said his agency was already on the ground in Katsina but promised to ramp up its activities to involve more rural communities.