January 28, 2020

Kano govt re-launches bid to create four new emirates, transmits new bill to assembly

Following the recent declaration by High Court in Kano state that the creation of four new emirates in the state was done in contravention of constitutional provisions, the state executive council has reactivated its bid to create the emirates and their first class emirs.

A press statement from the office of the state commissioner for information, Mohammed Garba said “Kano state Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.

“To this end, the Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forwards same to the state Assembly for necessary action.

Comrade Garba further said at the end of the Council Session held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, late yesterday, the council was firm on its knowledge that “some of these emirates even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.”

He said while the council’s decision was only a response to decade-long clamour for the establishment of additional emirates in the state in order to bring development closer to the people of the new emirates.  According to him, the exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institutions closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

In this regard, the commissioner said “the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person not a member of the House.

The Council, according to statement, therefore, called on the state assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

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