Alhaji Usman Bello-Kankara, the District Head of Ketare, Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State, on Friday urged farmers to actively participate in the Federal Government’s Food Security Programme (FSP).
He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kankara.
Bello-Kankara commended the Federal Government for selecting 18 local government areas, including Kankara LGA, for maize cultivation under the FSP.
“This scheme is an opportunity to boost agricultural production, encourage self-reliance and overall rejuvenation of commercial activities.
“This administration has good achievements, as exemplified by return of peace to north-eastern states, as well as end of cattle rustling and herdsmen-farmers clashes in some states.
“I urge Nigerians to reciprocate President Muhammadu Buhari’s gesture by engaging in agricultural production and other viable businesses,’’ he said.
Bello-Kankara, a retired Comptroller of Customs, however, said that peace was the panacea to the challenges hindering the country’s progress.
The district head also commended Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State for his peace-building efforts and dialogue with cattle rustlers in the state.
He said that the governor’s efforts had facilitated the resumption of trading activities in markets across Kankara and its environs.
He lauded the governor for increased investments in agriculture, saying that the sector had hitherto faced several challenges.
Besides, Bello-Kankara thanked Kankara and Ketare communities for the warm reception he received after he retired from public service last month and pledged to use his wealth of experience to execute programmes that would enhance people’s wellbeing.
He said that he would always mobilise his people to participate in all community initiatives and government policies aimed at facilitating national growth.
He urged the people to enrol their children in school, while accessing health care programmes like the immunisation against poliomyelitis.
Bello-Kankara appealed to the people to partake in the ongoing continuous voters’ registration so as to enable them to exercise their franchise in the coming elections.
He also urged his subjects to register to obtain the National Identity Card.
“My people, please pay your tax regularly and promptly because increased internally generated revenue of government facilitates the provision government services to its citizens, while non-payment of tax hinders government activities,’’ he said.
Bello-Kankara thanked the late Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Kabir Usman and the current Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir, for their support for his reign.
He said that the two emirs allowed him to continue in active public service after he was turbaned to ascend the throne in 2000.
He pledged continued loyalty and good working relations with the Emirate and other traditional rulers. (NAN)