Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC) AKIDA Executive council in Kaduna State, Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi has said the recent sack of District and Village Heads in Kaduna State is capable of having serious security implication if proactive measures are not put in place.
Tom Maiyashi, a one time Commissioner of Education in the state says this while interacting with newsmen in Kaduna, adding that district and village heads play a major role in their various domain, particularly in the area of maintaining security.
According to the elder statesman, the decision of the state government to relieve a substantial number of the district and village heads of their jobs at this material time is certainly not a plus for the APC.
“Traditional leaders that have lived with their people, no matter how small, are very important; they help to solve their immediate problems and challenges; they interact with their people, and because they live with them, they could often times amicably resolve problems that arises.
“If there are challenges within their domain, the traditional leaders knows what to do because they get information of any stranger within their domain, and the fundamentals of humanity is identity, and community identity is very important.”
He said if sacking them was due to lack of money to pay their salaries as explained by the state government, then the role the traditional leaders play to maintain law and order within their domain is far more than what they are paid as salaries.
“The State Government will pay more if there are security challenges; so why paying more when you can pay less by keeping them. In fact, the most senior district or village head may not take home more than 50,000 as salary at the end of the month, some of them don’t even live on their salaries.
“Government should rather do a capacity assessment of their roles to effectively carry out their jobs, and also organize a capacity building programs for them because we must not become a people without identity.
“In fact, the process followed to effect their sack is not correct, the committee constituted were all civil servants, with no consultation with traditional leaders, until their report leaked,” he said.
He therefore called on the state government to consider the possible security implication of their sack, and reconsider the decision.
Meanwhile, according to Daily Trust’s report, as was in previous years, District Heads were part of this year’s Hawan Sallah (Durbar on Sallah day). This is in spite of the recent decision by the Kaduna State Government to sack all of them.
Accounts have it that most District Heads, in their royal regalia, took part in yesterday’s colourful Sallah Durbar, alongside other traditional title holders, displaying their horse riding skills amidst cheers from spectators. An count which was confirmed by the Emir of Zazzau’s Chief Protocol Officer, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan Chiroman Shantali, Daily Trust reported.
Furtherfore, after observing the two raka’at prayer at the Kofar Doka Eid ground, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, received allegiance from the District Heads at the palace, as tradition demands.
In his address, Alhaji Idris urged residents to continue to cooperate with security agencies for them to consolidate on the gain of maintaining law and order in the Zazzau Emirate and the state in general.