Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna has identified poverty and unemployment as the root causes of the prevailing banditry and kidnapping challenges in the North-West region.
Mr Sani made this known on Monday at Government House.
The governor emphasised that good governance was crucial for effectively addressing these security issues.
He acknowledged the ongoing military actions against banditry, with the Defence headquarters supporting the establishment of two Forward Operation Bases (FOBs) in key locations.
However, Mr Sani highlighted the importance of a non-kinetic approach, emphasising the role of good governance in addressing the economic problems leading to insecurity.
The governor announced a $28 million support from Kuwait to tackle the alarming rate of out-of-school children in Kaduna.
He stressed that a holistic approach, including educational reforms, support for farmers, and increased productivity, is essential for eradicating poverty and, subsequently, insecurity in the region.
In addition to military interventions, Mr Sani revealed plans to establish a Security Trust Fund, allowing private-sector collaboration to enhance security efforts.
He underscored the need for good governance, citing the high number of out-of-school children in the state as a pressing concern that requires urgent attention.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna Elders’ Forum, led by Gen. Zamani Lekwot (rtd), and Abubakar Mustapha, congratulated the governor on his electoral victory.
They commended his focus on rural development, noting that positive outcomes have already been observed.
They said Mr Sani’s advocacy for good governance as a crucial element in the fight against insecurity reflects a comprehensive strategy that addresses both the immediate military challenges and the underlying economic factors contributing to the region’s instability.