Barely 24 hours after its first reading at plenary, the Kano State House of Assembly has approved the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law, paving way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council, just as governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje vowed to append his signature on the bill seeking for creation of four new emirate councils in the State.
The law will now allow for the creation of four more 1st class emirs in the state, which include Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Gaya emirate councils.
Blueprint recalls that the assembly embarked on its earlier plans to amend the law following a petition filled before the house by Ibrahim Salisu Chambers.
The petitioner demanded for the upgrading of some traditional rulers to the status of 1st class emirs.
Ibrahim chambers in the petition sought for the creation of the four additional 1st class emirate councils in Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.
According to the petition, the establishment of the above emirate councils would bring more advantages in the area of development in the state.
However, the committee earlier set up by the assembly to look into the issue of reviewing the law presented its report before the legislators on Tuesday.
Reading the joint committees’ report before the floor of the house on Tuesday, the majority leader, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi, said the report also recommended the review of the law.
According to him, the decision followed wide consultation with stakeholders, adding that the feedback the committee received from the public, massively supported the upgrade of those emirate councils.
He therefore, said with the response received, clearly showed that the need to upgrade the traditional rulers was necessary.
According to Danagundi, the law if signed by the state governor, the emirate council would have their own king makers, except Bichi.
He further explained that the Bichi emirate council would have its King makers from the old emirate council, Gidan Dabo in particular.
According to Danagundi, the creation of the new 1st class emirs would bring more job opportunities, boost economy and ensure security in the state.