The Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has agreed in principle that ward heads in Katsina state are to be paid salaries. This followed a call to that effect by the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmummini kabir Usman during the popular”Hawan Sarki” or ‘Hawan Bariki” held at old government house, Katsina.
Katsina Media and Publicity reports that the Governor maintained that salaries would only be paid to ward heads if their establishment would be limited to the existing number of polling units, of over 4,600 in the state.
Masari explained that if the establishment of the ward heads is to be left in the hands of District heads, the numbers would be such that the state government could not afford to pay.
He agreed with the Emir that since most of the implementation of government policies and programmes rest on the ward heads, there was need for them to be properly remuneration. Governor Masari therefore assured the Emir that the current administration would work closely with the Emirate council to create the Ward heads in the state.
On the issue of drugs related offences mentioned by the Emir, the Governor observed that there was need for lawmakers at both federal and state houses of assemblies to legislate and remove the offences from being bailable, adding that lawyers providing protection to drug barons are not helping the society either.
The Governor however believed that for the war against drug abuse to be won, the fight must begin from homes. Parents, guardians and husbands must begin to show more interest in the movement of children and wives, stressing that government had been receiving negative reports of how drugs are being marketed in homes by unscrupulous women in the guise of selling wares and materials in homes while in actual sense, their bags contains hidden drugs.He therefore admonished parents and husbands to monitor and stop such misconduct by women in the society .
Masari also spoke at length on the misuse of social media by youths in the state and called for concerted efforts to reverse the ugly trend.
Katsina Media & Publicity reports that on the”Go back to Farm” of the current APC administration, Explaining that 80% of the state population depend on agriculture for not only subsistence but economy, he observed that the federal government agricultural programme had started yielding positive results as fertilizer in the open market is now cheaper than the commodity being sold by government.
He stated that even the recent visit of president Muhammad Buhari to Morocco was in connection with agriculture, adding that there was need for people to stop importation of food items or smuggling of same for farming to add value in the country.
The Governor expressed gratitude to the Emir for the support and cooperation being enjoyed by the current APC administration in not only the state but the federal government. He said even “Mr president is aware of the numerous prayers for the success of his administration”.
On the buildup to the 2019 campaign masari assures that the strategy will change to now consider performance in office. Masari charged politicians to come out with their scorecards and Manifestations to face the electorates as against the old order of campaign of calumny.
Ibrahim M Abdullah