Umar Ganduje
Governor Umar Ganduje

Kano Emirates: ‘Unrepentant’ Ganduje sends another bill

NEWS DIGEST – In what appears to be a desperate move to whittle Emir Sanusi’s power, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has transmitted another bill to the state assembly, seeking the creation of 4 new emirates in Kano state.

The News Digest recall that on November 21, a Kano High Court presided by Justice Usman Na’Abba dissolved the four additional emirates and sacked four first class emirs created by the state government.

However, appearing unrepentant towards actualising his dream of establishing the additional emirates, the Kano state Executive Council led by Mr Ganduje approved the Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.

This was sequel to an emergency meeting that was convened by the governor at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, on Sunday night.

Apparently to avoid the mistake of the past, the council this time prepared an executive bill to the assembly for the creation of the emirates.

A statement by the state commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba, said the council endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forward same to the state Assembly for necessary action.

Explaining the reason for government’s insistence, Mr Garba said some of these Emirate had 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 “seriously discussed the decade long clamour for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new Emirates, the exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.”

The statement further indicated that the introduction of the Free and Compulsory Education at Basic and Secondary level requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful implementation.

The commissioner pointed out that 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.