The Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, on Tuesday, inaugurated 150 security patrol vans and 500 motorcycles to tackle insecurity in the state accessioned by kidnapping, banditry and other related crimes in the state.

The governor inaugurated the newly acquired patrol vehicles and motorcycles at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.

The event was part of the activities lined up to mark his administration’s one year in office.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher  Musa, who witnessed the unveiling of the patrol vans and the motorcycles commended the Kaduna State Government for its commitment to security.

Musa said, “I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Kaduna State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Uba Sani, for the invaluable donation of these operational vehicles.

“This gesture of solidarity and support underscores the strong partnership between the armed forces and the government at both state and federal levels.

“The provision of these vehicles and motorcycles will undoubtedly bolster our operational readiness, enhance our mobility, and further strengthen our capacity to safeguard the security and sovereignty of our beloved country.”

The CDS charged security agencies to rededicate themselves to the noble cause of defending the nation with honour and integrity.

“Let us harness the capabilities of these vehicles to further enhance our operational effectiveness, protect our communities, and uphold the values of loyalty, courage, and unity that define our armed forces,” Musa added.

Speaking during the unveiling of the patrol vans and motorcycles, Governor Sani expressed gratitude to all security agencies for keeping the state safe from the activities of criminals.

He reiterated his earlier call for the establishment of state police and praised the federal lawmakers for their input both at the upper and the lower legislative chambers.

The governor directed the renaming of the state Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs’ Conference Hall after the late Lt. Col. A.H. Ali, for his contribution to securing the state “when he was Commanding Officer, 198 Special Forces Battalion before he was transferred to the South-South, where he, along with his officers and soldiers, lost their lives.”

The late Ali and his troops were killed at Okuama community in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta, while on a peace mission to the area in March.

Sani said the inauguration of the  brand-new patrol vans and motorcycles was not just about providing work tools but also the demonstration of his administration’s continued support for security forces

“We will continue to invest in more enablers for our personnel, and work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for our people,” he said.

 “We are gathered here to take a giant step in our collective efforts at enhancing the security and well-being of the people of Kaduna State.

“I must also thank our partners in security collaboration; service chiefs, heads of security agencies, force commanders, as well as our critical partners, traditional and religious leaders, for their tireless efforts.

“The safety and security of our citizens remains paramount. It is our duty as a government to support the security agencies in carrying out their vital responsibilities. We recognise the challenges confronting our security personnel, especially in terms of mobility and swiftly accessing remote areas.

“Improved mobility means that security operatives can respond faster and more efficiently to distress calls. It means that our security forces can more easily seize the initiative. It also means that citizens can feel safer because of the more visible security presence,” the governor said.

Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, noted that his ministry had continued to enjoy a robust and productive relationship with all the federal security agencies.

“We have found in them steadfast and willing partners, and we will continue to cooperate enthusiastically towards combatting banditry, terrorism and other forms of criminality in Kaduna state.

“Today, as we pursue another avenue for cooperation, we remain immensely grateful for the supportive stance of the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff, all the service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies. We deeply appreciate the numerous sacrifices that they make in upholding our partnership,” Aruwan said.