The guards are to be deployed to the state’s 227 districts
The Zamfara State government has recruited 4,540 persons as security guards, to beef up security in all parts of the state.
Governor Abdulaziz Yari disclosed this to journalists in Gusau during an interactive session on Wednesday.
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.
He added that the state government recently bought 83 Toyota Hilux pick-up vehicles at the cost of N372 million.
Yari said the vehicles were donated to security outfits including the Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), while 18 of the vehicles were allocated directly to the vigilante group and the state Hisbah Commission.
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.
The office and residence of the Army Commanding Officer in Gusau were also renovated at a cost of N5.6 million.
Yari disclosed that the state government had, in the last 12 months, been giving allowance of N5,000 each to members of the eight non-conventional security outfits.
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.