Kano State Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.
The Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forward same to the state Assembly for necessary action.
Solacebase recalled that a Kano High Court presided by Justice Usman Na’Abba on November,21 nullified the establishment of the four emirates created in May 2019 saying the State House of Assembly did not follow due process in creating the emirate.
Justice Na’Abba pointed out that the Kano State House of Assembly violated section 101 of the Nigerian Constitution which gives the assembly the power to enact its rules and guidelines of proceedings.
He added that the Kano assembly’s rules and regulations have to be in conformity with the Nigerian Constitution.
A press statement issued on Monday by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba at the end of the Council Session held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, yesterday, indicated that some of these Emirate have 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 clamor 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 the 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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