By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assured farmers in Katsina State of adequate security during this year’s farming season.
The Commandant General of the Corps, Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Mohammed disclosed this at the Katsina NSCDC Training College where he flagged – off training of 1, 500 officers of the Corps as agro rangers unit.
Alhaji Gana Mohammed said the unit was created in response of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture’s request asking the corps to provide physical security to the proposed 250 cattle ranches and to the agro allied investments in both local and international investors.
Alhaji Mohammed said the training has target of training 1, 500 agro rangers within the period of ten weeks.pointing out that,750 agro rangers would be trained in the first batch under five weeks.
According to him, Katsina State and the entire North West Zone of this country have become one of the danger zones with bandits terrorising innocent citizens especially those living in the eight front line local government areas of the state.
The eight affected local government areas are:- Jibia, Batsari,Danmusa,Safana,
Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa and Dandume respectively.
Farming has been one of the main activities and source of livelihood to people living in these local government areas affected.
Despite the month of July enters its one third, fears are still lingering in the minds of many farmers in Katsina state to access their farm lands in fear of the unknown, as several farmers reportedly killed while working on their farm lands.
Therefore, as part of its intervention efforts to curve the menace, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture intends to establish 250 cattle ranches across the country.
Consequently, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps was in Katsina State to provide adequate security to farmers not only in the affected local government areas but also across the 34 local government sreas of the state.
Commandant General of the NSCDC, Alhaji Abdullahi Gana Mohammed told Journalists briefly after the flag- off of the training that,to make the training successful, a group of five retired generals have been deployed to the training field of the Katsina NSCDC training college.
Also speaking, coordinator of the Allied Rangers, General Shehu Usman (Rtd) emphasized that,the Federal Government’s ranching proposal if established would have so many benefits in many aspects.
” This first batch of 750 agro rangers is separated into five different companies comprising internal security, tactics, map reading, tactics and first aid, field craft and IED Improvised Explosive Device”.General Usman said.