Kano’s New Emirate Law to Rotate Council Chairmanship, as Ganduje Gives Assent

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Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar has assented to the law creating additional four emirates and first class emirs in the state. He signed the law Thursday at the coronation hall, government house, Kano.

The governor observed during the signing ceremony that the initial law passed by the state assembly hit the rocks when a high court in the state declared it unconstitutional because it was sponsored by a private individual. He is of the view that the previous anomaly has been cured by the processes leading to the new law.

“As a law abiding administration, we came and deliberated upon that at the State Executive Council,  After which we sent the Bill to the State House of Assembly, seeking for the creation of 4 additional Emirates, namely Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye,” he said through a press release issued by his chief press secretary, Abba Anwar.

The governor said all that his government did concerning the new emirates were done “To bring development closer to the people. We need sustainable socio-economic development for our dear state. We need further improvement in the security system and well being of our people.”

Part of the provisions of provides that there will be individual emirate council consisting of the emir as head, an Imam from the emirate, representative of business community, and other identified groups of people from the emirate, in each of the four new emirates as well as the old Kano emirate.

The law also provides for a  central Council of Emirs that will consist of all the five Emirs in the state as well as representatives of other identified groups of people. The governor said the new system is “more of injecting some semblance of people participation in their socio-economic development through the traditional institutions.”

The chairman of the Central Council of Emirs will be appointed by the governor to serve for two years, after which the governor may appoint another person among the other emirs to chair the council for another term and so on.

Any emir who refuses to attend the council meetings on three occasions without any concrete and convincing reason would be dethroned, after due consultation with other emirs, by the governor.

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