The Zamfara State government has recruited 4,540 persons as security guards to beef up security in all parts of the state.
The State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, disclosed this to newsmen in Gusau during an interactive session on Wednesday.
Mr. Yari said the new recruits would be deployed to the state’s 227 districts “so that every citizen in the state will feel secured”.
The governor said the state would continue to accord high priority to the security situation by using conventional and non-conventional security outfits.
The governor said that is why the state government recently bought 83 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles at the cost of N372 million.
He said the vehicles were donated to the outfits including the Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Mr. Yari said 18 of the vehicles were allocated directly to the vigilante group and the state Hisbah Commission in addition to 1,200 motorcycles.
The governor also said the state renovated the office and residence of the Commissioner of Police at a cost of N23 million and constructed a police station in Gummi with N14.6 million.
He said the state similarly renovated the office and residence of the Army Commanding Officer in Gusau at the cost of N5.6 million.
Mr. Yari said that the state government had in the last 12 months been giving allowances of N5, 000 each to members of the eight non-conventional security outfits.
He said the outfits comprise of the Nigerian Legion, Association of Retired Police Officers of Nigeria, Vigilante Group, Man ‘O’ War and the Peace Corps.
Others are the Boys Scout, the Red Crescent, Local Hunters Association and the Association of Retired SSS operatives in the state.