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Kano executive council endorses new bill for creation of additional emirates
THE Kano State Executive Council has approved the Emirate Council Bill 2019, which supports the creation of additional emirates in the state.
The Council had disclosed this in a statement issued by the commissioner of information, Malam Muhammad Garba after a council session held at the council chambers, government house, Kano.
The statement noted that the endorsed bill for the creation of additional emirates in the state has been sent to the Kano House of Assembly to expedite actions for its enactment.
A Federal High Court, sitting in Kano had nullified the creation of additional four emirates namely, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi, on grounds that the process for its creation was unconstitutional.
The ruling on the court to repeal the first-class emirs, as the governor had described the leaders of the autonomous emirates was however greeted with dissent by individuals of the affected communities.
Speaking to the press after the state’s executive council session, Garba disclosed that some of the emirates had pre-dated kano in ancient times but all efforts to reinvigorate them by past administrations proved abortive.
The emirates noted to have existed hitherto included Karaye, Rano, Gaya, with Bichi which was created at the enactment of the new law endorsing the creation of four additional emirates earlier in May.
The new law also elevated the heads of the institutions in Rano, Gaya and Karaye to first-class emirs, as provided by the law, and appointed Aminu Bayero, a son of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, to head Bichi.
While commenting on the outcome of the session, Garba said the drag for the establishment of the additional emirates was aimed at bridging the gap between traditional rulers and the people, expedite socio-economic development and security in the state.
The commissioner noted that the fresh bill was amended in the interest of the public.
The amendment was a sequel to the court’s verdict to nullify the creation of additional four emirates on the grounds that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person not a member of the House.
While the Kano government stiffens on its approval for the additional emirates, some Nigerians have described his persistence as an inexplicit move to decrease the influence of Mohammadu Sanusi, Emir of Kano in the state by reducing his domain of power from 44 local government areas to less than 10, wherein he formerly exercise authority.
The governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, however, denied such claims saying, “It is not vendetta, I am not against him (Sanusi). In fact, he is supposed to be reporting to the local government chairman according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The governor and the monarch have long been in disagreement for the past four years.