Gov Ganduje Agrees to Scrap New Kano Emirates ‘In Public Interest’

According to the release, “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.

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has accepted the court’s decision to nullify the creation of the four emirates councils.

Justice Usman Na’Abba of Kano high court had on 21 November; revoked the appointment of the four first-class emirs and their emirates created by Ganduje.

The nullified emirates are Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye

The court also revoked the Kano Emirs Appointment and Deposition Amendment Bill 2019; which was passed by the assembly and signed into law by the Government, to create the new emirate councils.

The initial decree was contained in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba. This contains details of the approved new Emirate Council Bill 2019; which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates and shall be represented to the state assembly.

Garba, in the release, revealed that; approval for the new bill was reached at the end of the Council Session on Sunday, December 1.

Ganduje (right) presenting staff of office to one of the court-scrapped Emirs

This indicated that some of these Emirates have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times; while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived.

According to the release, “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.

“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 the traditional institution closer to the people; in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.”

The council, according to the statement, urged the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

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