Chairman, Niger State Liquor Licensing Board (NSLB), Alh. Ayuba Usman Katako

By Uthman Siraja

Newly appointed chairman of the Niger State Liquor Licensing Board (NSLB), Alh. Ayuba Usman Katako has vowed that the Board will continue to work assiduously in getting the state rid of sales and consumption of alcohol and prostitution, the chairman told the Newsline in an exclusive interview in Minna, recently.

 He noted that the increasing proportion of immorality and other social vices been attributed to the prevailing security challenges facing the state, he said the board will make the state free from the sales and consumption of liquor and other social vices.

According to the chairman, the board has embarked on aggressive reorganization towards ensuring total enforcement of the law banning the sales and consumption of alcohol within the prohibited areas in the state noting that the present leadership of the board is committed to revamping the lost glory of the board.

Katako explained that the Board will engage the services of critical stakeholders such as religious and community leaders as well as relevant security agencies in actualising the total onslaught against the illegal operators of liquor joints within the banned areas, adding that with the collective support and cooperation of the relevant stakeholders, the board will curtail the sales and consumption of liquor in the state.

The Niger State Goverment under the leadership of Late Engr. Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, had in the early part of his first tenure, established the State Liquor Licensing Board to rid the state of sales, consumption of alcohol and prostitution in already mapped out prohibited areas within the state.

 The establishment of the board was in line with the implementation of sharia’ah legal system put in place in some core Northern states which included Niger State. As a result of the introduction of the Sharia’ah legal system, late Governor Kure, then placed ban on sales and consumption of liquor and also banned prostitution in the state.

This informed the establishment of the Niger State Liquor Licensing Board through the enabling legislation by the state House of assembly to enforce and prosecute offenders.

The new chairman of the board has assured that his tenure in the board will bring back the lost glory of the state Liquor Licensing Board with the collective support of all stakeholders in the fight against social vices which have hitherto taken over the state.

He stated that the board under his watch will clamp down on illegal operators of brothels and beer parlours in the state stressing that the only way out was that “those with genuine license of operations should endevour to renew their operational licenses to enable them operate in designated areas or they should be prepared to invite the full wrath of the law”.

He warned the staff of the board that are in the habit of working against the board by extorting money from illegal operators to desist henceforth.

He appealed to well meaning stakeholders in the state to join hands with his team to rid the state of sales and consumption of alcohol and prostitution.