Factional chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Aida Kaduna state Executive Council, Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi, has predicted that the recent pronouncement on sack of District and Village Heads in Kaduna State is capable of having serious security implication in the state, if proactive measures are not put in place.
Tom Maiyashi, who was a former Commissioner of Education in the state, made the observation, while interacting with newsmen in Kaduna, saying that the district and village heads play a major role in their various domains, particularly in the areas of maintaining security.
Maiyashi, who is a grassroots politician in the state, said that the decision of the state government to relieve a substantial numbers of the district and village heads of their jobs at this material time is certainly not a plus to their political party.
According to him, “Traditional leaders that have lived with their people, no matter how small, are very important; they help to solve their immediate problems and challenges; they interact with their people and, because they live with them, they could tell the truth of the matter and amicably resolve the problem.
“If there are challenges within their domains, the traditional leaders know what to do because they get information of any stranger within their domains, and the fundamentals of humanity is identity, and community identity is very important,” he said.
He maintained that, “if sacking them was due to lack of money to pay their salaries, according to the state government, the role the traditional leaders play to maintain law and order within their domains is far more than what they are paid as salaries.
“The state Government will pay more if there are security challenges; so, why paying more when you can pay less by keeping them? In fact, the most senior district or village head may not take home more than N50,000 as salary at the end of the month; some of them don’t live on their salaries.
“Government should rather do a capacity assessment of their roles to effectively carry out their jobs, and also organize a capacity building programs for them, because we must not become a people without identity.
“In fact, the process followed to effect their sack is not correct. The committee constituted was all civil servants with no consultation with traditional leaders until their report leaked.”
He therefore called on the state government to consider the possible security implication of their sack and reconsider its decision.