Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari revealed that despite escalating attacks on agricultural communities in parts of the state, the state still generated 393 million naira in taxes and fees from the farming and agricultural sectors.
Masari revealed when Katsina launched a 600-hectare date palm planting event that was organized by the National Association of Date Farmers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria (NADAFPAM) in collaboration with the state government.
He said: “It created 1,249,551 short- and long-term jobs, mainly youth and women, and more than 13 billion naira in income for agricultural entrepreneurs in 34 local government areas in the state.”
The Deputy Governor of the State and Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mannir Yakubu, explained that each of the seven areas of the old local government would receive 20 hectares of land as take-off for the date palm plantations.
He announced that 17 hectares of land would be given to each of the council’s remaining 27 areas, and 60 youth from 34 areas of the state’s local government would be selected to participate in training on date palm establishment and management.
The Katsina Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) announced the creation of a team to investigate the attack on a public official in the state on the Daura-Mai’adua highway.
Katsina State Deputy Controller, Darha Wada Chedi made the above announcement in Katsina and at the same time informed reporters of the latest attacks that was carried out at his command post from 4 August to 4 September this year. And he asked people to be patient for the results of the investigation.
Command spokesman, Danbaba Isah previously confirmed the incident that occurred when the Daura commissioner’s convoy was transferred to the local government of Mai’adua.
Isah said the four officers involved were detained at the Katsina police station for investigation and other actions.
The Katsina regional command’s Deputy Controller of customs said the agency was winning the war against cross-border smuggling.
He said: “Compared to the number of goods seized and the number of goods last seized, cross-border smuggling in Katsina state has been drastically reduced.”
Likewise, the Katsina state government yesterday condemned a ‘media attack’ by the national television station against the state government in a ‘viral video’ alleging that there were spelling and grammatical errors contained in two recent executive containment orders signed by the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari.
State’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ahmed Usman El-Mazuq said the state government was “embarrassed” by the television station’s decision to focus on “trivial issues” rather than basic issues relating to threats to state and security to the mandate to resolve them.
He said: “A viral clip from Arise News TV on the recent containment orders allegedly signed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari and circulated in circles on social media, was not by the Governor.”