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Zamfara Unveils Security Trust Fund, Led by Former Police IG

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In an ambitious move to fortify security within Zamfara State, Governor Dauda Lawal inaugurated a robust 21-member Board of Trustees for the Zamfara State Security Trust Fund on Wednesday, 7th February 2024. The board, chaired by former Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, symbolizes a strategic pivot towards harnessing community and governmental resources to combat the escalating insecurity plaguing the state.

The formation of the Security Trust Fund, as articulated by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, is a testament to the state government’s proactive stance against a backdrop of increasing violence and criminal activities that have not only claimed thousands of lives but have also severely impacted the state’s economy. The initiative aims to consolidate funds essential for bolstering the state’s security apparatus, thereby ensuring a coordinated approach to safeguarding lives and property.

During the inauguration ceremony, Governor Lawal conveyed the gravity of the security situation, emphasizing its adverse effects on critical sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and commerce. He highlighted the dire need for innovative and sustainable solutions to address the security challenges, underscoring the establishment of the Trust Fund as a pivotal step in this direction.

The selection of MD Abubakar as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees reflects a deliberate approach in leveraging his extensive background and expertise in security matters. The board also includes distinguished members from various sectors, including the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmed, military veterans such as Col. Bala Mande (Rtd) and Brig-Gen. Abdulkadir Gummi, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry for Internal Security, and other key agencies. This diverse composition is aimed at fostering a comprehensive strategy that encapsulates both preventive and reactive measures to combat insecurity.

MD Abubakar, in his acceptance speech, called for unity and collective action from the citizens of Zamfara, stressing the urgency of the situation and the critical role of the Security Trust Fund in facilitating a secure future for the state. He assured the public of the board’s unwavering commitment to restoring peace and security, marking a crucial step towards addressing the security challenges head-on.

The establishment of the Zamfara State Security Trust Fund Board of Trustees marks a significant milestone in the state’s efforts to combat insecurity. By pooling resources from both the public and private sectors, the initiative aims to deploy a multifaceted approach to security, incorporating advanced technology, intelligence gathering, and community engagement to tackle the root causes of violence and criminality.

The board’s comprehensive mandate also includes fostering collaboration among various security agencies, including the Nigeria Police Force, the Armed Forces, the Department of State Services, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. This integrated approach is essential for creating a cohesive security framework capable of responding effectively to the complex challenges facing Zamfara State.

The inauguration of the Security Trust Fund Board of Trustees is a beacon of hope for the residents of Zamfara State, promising a strategic and well-resourced campaign against the forces of insecurity that have beleaguered the state for too long. As the board embarks on its critical mission, the eyes of the nation are on Zamfara, watching as it pioneers a model that could potentially be replicated across other states grappling with similar security challenges.

In essence, the Zamfara State Security Trust Fund, under the stewardship of MD Abubakar and the collective expertise of its members, represents a bold step forward in the quest for peace and stability. By marshaling the necessary resources and fostering unprecedented levels of cooperation between government, security agencies, and the community, Zamfara State is setting a precedent for how Nigerian states can effectively confront and overcome the scourge of insecurity.

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