Katsina State Governor, Mallam Dikko Umar Radda, has said his administration would do its best to improve the lives of victims of insecurity, giving special support to women and girls.
Radda said this during his inaugural address after taking oath of office as the new governor of Katsina state in an elaborate swearing-in ceremony held at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina on Monday.
“Those affected by banditry and insecurity, I assure you that my administration will do its best to improve their lives and we will also focus on your mental wellbeing and provide special support to women and girls who have endured unimaginable pain
“To the bandits, I say abandon your course and reintegrate into the society or face the full wrath of the law. I urge our youths to shun drug abuse, time wasting and criminality. We will work with relevant law enforcement agencies to provide social order and overall security of the state,” the governor said.
He said that the driving force of his administration would be the service to the people with equity and justice to all, saying “We will run a people-oriented government and resist anything compromising our ability to put our people first.”
Mallam Radda said people must develop progressive mindset and discard all habits that yield indiscipline and criminality, adding that civility will become the minimum expectation as he urged all households to cultivate the values of Islam.
“My administration will try its best to bring a new approach to governance, it will be inclusive, focusing on solid policy implementation and delivery.
“Over the next four years, our task as government is to provide peace and security for the people of Katsina state, the insecurity issues will be paramount for this administration and I will deploy all available resources to end banditry and other forms of criminality across the state, we will also engage communities in this fight to ensure that security is obtained,” he said.
He said his administration would introduce treasury single account to consolidate the state finances, strengthen accountability and close all loopholes in the state’s financial system.
He said he would also conduct a comprehensive staff audit to eliminate ghost workers and ensure public servants serve the government judiciously.
The governor encouraged all public servants to come forward as whistleblowers when they see practices that violate due process and rule of law.
He called on traditional rulers and past leaders of the state to not hesitate to advise his government where they deem it necessary.
The swearing-in was attended by former governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who left the venue for his hometown of Masari in Kafur local government, immediately after handing over the instruments of authority to the new governor.
Others who attended were the governor of Maradi Region in Niger Republic, Alhaji Aboubakar Shehu, and former governors of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shehu Shema and Alhaji Saidu Barda, that of Kaduna state, and former military administrator of Borno state, Col. Abdulmuminu Aminu (Rtd).
Others were emirs of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and that of Daura, Dr Umar Farouq Umar as well as other emirs from the republic of Niger.