The Kano State House of Assembly has passed the bill for the creation of four additional first class Emirates. This follows the approval of the amendment of the local government and chieftaincy affairs law by the lawmakers, during their sitting today.
In a motion presented to the House by the Majority Leader Baffa Babba, the House unanimously agreed that creation of more Emirates will assist in job creation, dispute, and community conflict resolutions among others.
The bill, if approved, will pave way for the decentralisation of the Kano Emirate council thereby reducing the influence of the emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi. The Kano assembly amended the law following a petition filed by one Ibrahim Chambers which demanded the upgrade of some traditional rulers to the status of first-class emirs.
The assembly had set up a committee to look into the petition and come up with a report. The majority leader said that the feedback the committee received from consultation with stakeholders massively supported the upgrade of those emirate councils.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has already vowed to sign the bill into law. The move is believed to be targetted at Sanusi. An official of the state government, who asked not to be named, told newsmen that Ganduje was determined to either remove Sanusi or reduce his power. Sanusi reportedly opposed the re-election of Ganduje.