Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State is supporting efforts by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to engage traditional leaders in identifying foreign nationals who have overstayed in the country.
According to governor, traditional rulers have much more to do in that aspect, and will surely help in identifying those who have overstayed in the country, especially those from neighbouring countries.
“It is very difficult, but you have taken the right step by engaging the traditional rulers.
The governor added: “I am sure that the traditional rulers will surely give you all the necessary support, because like you rightly say, a lot depends on them.”
Masari pointed out that the Local Government reform of 1976, running up to 1978, has really dealt a heavy blow on the role of traditional institutions with regards to managing security situations in their localities.
“But luckily enough, recently, there is a general understanding that we need to revisit that reform.
“Here in Katsina, we have already addressed some of them by amending our law to give traditional institutions more roles to play, especially in the area of security,” he said.
He added that he has also come to interact with the traditional rulers so as to find a lasting solution to the security challenges, adding that enough is enough; the killing of innocent people must stop.
“We cannot sit down and fold our arms to see things going wrong, therefore I had to caution my staff against bribe collection, and also boost their morals.
“My message to them is very clear, security business is our business, we are paid to protect the lives and property of the citizens, therefore they should shun any form of corruption so that Nigeria can move forward.
“If an officer can turn back and allow some people to come to the country anyhow, it means they have compromised the lives of the citizens. Hence, we are taking necessary measures to end this.” he said.
Babandede explained that he is doing everything possible to ensure the proper implementation of the ECOWAS protocols on movement of people within the member countries. (NAN)