Kano state government said it would provide facilities worth N318 million, as support to the Nigerian Army for the establishment of a multi-million Naira training center at Falgore Forest in Tudun Wada local government area of the state.
The support is part of the efforts of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje administration towards making the forest and surrounding areas free from negative activities, particularly organized crime in the form of banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and insurgency.
Ganduje who announced this in a speech during the closing of the 1 Division Nigerian Army Inter Brigade Corporal and Below Competition, said: “the military presence in the forest will deter criminals. We shall lay the foundation of this important project soon and it will be a milestone in addressing security challenges”.
He further stated that his administration would soon unfold a well-articulated blueprint on community policing, aimed at ensuring that everybody is involved in matters of security surveillance and peaceful co-existence.
“We have started efforts in this direction by engaging community leaders, Imams and other stakeholders towards ensuring security. We held a stakeholders meeting at Karaye and very soon we shall have another one at Rano Emirate. We intend to meet stakeholders at Tudun Wada local government, near Falgore forest, because of the potential security risk within the area”, he said.
He said such competition was a major step towards maintaining confidence and espirit-de-corps among officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. F. Yusuf stated that the competition was aimed at improving combat skills, team work, leadership skills and general resilience among other things.
“The Nigerian Army will continue to pay attention to regular training towards keeping the Army fit in discharging its constitutional roles”, he said.