Katsina Banditry

Katsina Gov’s wife applaud women journalists in championing peace

Katsina Gov’s wife applaud women journalists in championing peace

By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

THE wife of Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, Hajiya Hadiza Bello Masari has applauded the State Council of the Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in promoting peaceful living and development.

At a one-day workshop on security awareness for displaced women and children in Katsina State, organized by the State NAWOJ, Hajiya Hadiza said the critical role of women in the fight against insecurity cannot be quantify.

“Women are at the receiving end once there is crisis and displacement because she cannot bare to watch the society facing hardship and being an emotional creature, she would do all she could to maintain peaceful coexistence. I want to appreciate women journalists in Katsina State for their doggedness in the fight against insecurity”.

She urged men folks to rally round women, noting that the advisory services of women cannot be overemphasized.

Earlier, Special Adviser on Security to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Ahmed Katsina noted that Educate a woman, you educate whole nation because society is under the guidance of a woman. With women, it would be easier for us to conquer some of these ills, and we will transform ourselves to be better people”.

He said Katsina State government has set a pace for all to realize the potential of women in nation’s building, noting that if women support the men folk in the fight against insurgency, it will go a long way in finding lasting solution.

In her speech, Chairperson NAWOJ Katsina State Council, Hajiya Hannatu Muhammad, said it is a well-known fact that Security of lives and properties is pertinent for all individuals and societies to live happily and peacefully.

“However, even before the advent of the present Masari administration, insecurity was the major concern of people, especially in the front line local governments of Faskari Sabuwa, Kankara, Dandume, Danmusa, Safana, Batsari, Jibia, Kurfi and to some extent Dutsin-ma, Musawa and Matazu.

“The killings of over one hundred people a day by bandits in the year 2014 during the visit of former president Goodluck Jonathan in Faskari and Sabuwa Local Governments areas is still fresh in the minds of people in our dear state. Since then, several attempts were made and still being made by the president administration to bring lasting peace, especially in the affected areas, and God so kind positive results are being achieved”.

Hajiya Hannatu Muhammad stressed out that, as women journalists, they consider it necessary to assist government’s effort by sensitizing women on their role in the fight against banditry and other criminal activities saying, women and children are mostly affected by the menace than their male counterparts.

“Unfortunately, several lives were lost in addition to the economic and sociocultural difficulties being suffered by women and children in Katsina and other neighboring states that is being affected by banditry and other criminal activities”.

While commending the present administration of Governor Masari for supporting the union to conduct the workshop, she reminded the participants on the need to participate fully and make better use of the lesson learn.

NAWOJ Katsina Chair also prayed Allah to assists government, security agents and all other stakeholders who are working round the clock to ensure security of lives and properties of people of the State and Nigeria as a whole.

Chairman, NUJ Katsina State, Ahmed Tukur, also stressed the need for governors of the North West to emulate Governor Aminu Bello Masari by supporting women in the fight against insurgency for the development of the region.