Kaduna state government has assured citizens of the state that government will deploy additional policing and military presence throughout the state.
This is to enhance security and surveillance from now until the end of the election period to enable everyone to canvass for support, campaign and vote freely and peacefully.
The state governor, Malam Nasiru Elrufai stated this in his New Year Message to the people of the state.
Governor Elrufai exlained that government would vigorously apprehend and prosecute any person that plans, executes or sponsors any disruption to the orderly conduct of the campaigns and elections in 2019.
According to him government was determined to prosecute anybody, no matter their status that threatens the right of people to live in peace , hence the need for citizens to report report all suspicious conduct to the law enforcement and security agencies
He said 2019 is an election year, stressing that, Peace was an important condition to enable people to express their democratic preferences in a free and fair manner.
He urge everyone to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly during the campaigns.
“After decades of clamour, there are now permanent security detachments stationed in the southern part of the state. The army has a forward operating base in Kafanchan, with another battalion planned for the Kachia-Kajuru axis. We have also provided accommodation and facilities for a mobile police squadron in Kafanchan. We are building more police stations, security and Civil Defence outposts across the state”
“In 2018, we witnessed sad episodes of violence, including the loss of lives and property. Over four decades, violent conflict in our state has taken an awful toll in lives lost and shattered. Let us resolve to make 2019 the year that we overcome the baleful legacy of strife. Let us pay tribute to the suffering of people by saying never again. Violence shatters, but only peace can build and develop societies”
He stated that, government had upgraded, equipped and staffed about 150 of the 255 Primary health care centre while Many of 23 secondary health centres received their delivery of General Electric equipments to ensure improved diagnosis, treatment and safer surgery.
The Governor also revealed that, his administration has created a digital land registry and provided a pathway for people to secure valid titles to landed property in quick time.
“We have brought investments and jobs, and our efforts have attracted deserved local and international recognition. The World Bank Doing Business Report ranks Kaduna State not just the most improved place to do business, but the easiest in Nigeria. Our state proudly took its place at the Open Government Partnership in Tbilisi, Georgia”
“We have been privileged to witness a new year. We can make 2019 a year of peace and progress. Let us embrace the possibilities a new year offers for renewal in our individual lives. Let the new year help us strengthen mutual understanding and uphold harmony in our state”
The governor however expressed his determination do better in the new year.