Political leaders and traditional rulers in Sokoto State on Tuesday resolved to step up surveillance against possible outbreak of diseases and breach of security across the state.
This was the outcome of an emergency meeting held by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal with the traditional rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and political leaders in Sokoto.
Tambuwal, according to a statement issued by Malam Imam Imam, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, said, ”it has become imperative to increase surveillance, especially at the grassroots.
“Our recent experience with meningitis and severe strain of malaria experienced last year indicate that with more surveillance, many of the diseases would have been traced and the casualty level reduced,” he said.
The governor urged them to take the lead in mobilising the populace on policies and programmes of the state government, especially in the areas of health, education, agriculture, among others.
He appealed to District Heads to desist from granting mineral rights to illegal miners in their areas.
Tambuwal also directed local government chairmen to reintroduce the monthly security meeting and ensure prompt attendance by all stakeholders as part of the security measures.
He said that all the district heads should write report about the situation of their localities every two weeks and submit same to the Sultanate Council for necessary action.
Tambuwal urged them to monitor the movement of people in their domains.
In his remarks, Abubakar commended the state government for convening the meeting, which he said was essential in fostering cordial working relationship among all segments of the society.
He said, ”Religious and traditional rulers are always on hand to render services to the government when called upon to do so.”
The Sultan commended the governor for executing various developmental projects in the state. (NAN)