Ganduje vows to sign new Kano emirates bill promptly

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, governor of Kano state has vowed to sign promptly the bill seeking to create four rival emirates in Kano state in order to whittle down the powers of Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano.

The bill which was sponsored by Ganduje by proxy, is seeking to carve out new emirates in Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi local government areas of the state.

The bill has already passed first reading on Tuesday after lawmakers received a report on it from its committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Ganduje had also re-opened a financial probe against Emir Sanusi in an obvious move to depose him after curtailing his powers.

Speaking to journalists ahead of the state executive council meeting on Wednesday at the Government House, the governor said the creation of the new emirates would speed up development in the state.

“We heard about a Bill sent to the State House of Assembly, requesting them to make a Law for the creation of four more Emirs in Kano. We believe those that did this, did it with good intention. And they want the development of the state,” he said.

Ganduje said he hoped the Kano State House of Assembly would work the bill and forward to him for his assent.

“I am ready to sign into law without any waste of time,” he vowed, adding that, “that is the popular wish of our people. The people of Kano state. This will also go a long way in hastening growth and development for the state.”

He said the struggle for the creation of additional emirate councils in the state had been going on for years “…but now we are happy to see that the idea would come into fruition”.

“With the creation of more emirates, all sectors of the society would be improved. It will also lead to more concentration on our health, education and other equally important sectors of the society.

“That is why I said there will be no waste of time in signing the bill into law,”  Ganduje observed.

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