Kano Exco Okays JAMB Centres For Five Emirates, ICT Council

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The Kano state Executive Council has approved the establishment of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Testing Centres (CBTCs) in the five Emirates Councils as zonal offices and 44 Local Government Areas in the state.

The commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba stated this on Sunday while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s weekly meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said it became necessary to increase the number of CBTCs, to prevent a situation where candidates have to be sent to neighboring states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina for JAMB exams.

Garba also revealed that during its sitting, the council approved the establishment of the State Council on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast track the spread of ICT skills to the grassroots.

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The council, according to him, would be co-chaired by the commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation and that of local government, while the commissioners for Information, education, higher education as well as all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state will serve as members.

Speaking further, the commissioner stated that the council received a proposal from a private developer to use the old Triumph Publishing Company complex to create a specialized Forex Market (Kasuwar ‘Yan Chanji), the first of its kind in Nigeria and another one from Fari Properties Ltd. seeking to transform the abandoned Daula Hotel in the state capital into a residential.

Garba indicated that the council also received proposal for the construction of a multi-purpose ultra-modern shopping complex at the premises of Daula Hotel in the metropolitan area.

Court Stops Ganduje From Inaugurating Kano Emirate Council

 

A High Court in Kano on Tuesday granted an interim injunction to stop the state government from taking any action on the emirates controversy without consulting the current council emirate.

This follows the decision by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sign a new law approving the creation of four new emirates and the appointment of first-class emirs for each of them.

The law also establishes the council of chiefs.

Following the new law, some Kano kingmakers filed an ‘ex-parte’ motion at the High Court and Justice Ahmed Badamosi granted the interim order while the main suit continues.

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The case was, thereafter, adjourned to December 17.

Kano Govt Seeks Creation Of New Emirates In Fresh Bill

FILE PHOTO: Kano State House of Assembly. INSET: Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and file photo of presentation of certificate ceremony to the four new Emirs.

 

The Kano State Government is again seeking creation of additional four Emirates in Kano.

The state executive council has since sent a fresh bill to the State House of Assembly seeking creation of the new Emirates.

This was disclosed by Kano State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement on Monday. He said the decision of the fresh bill was reached during a meeting held on Sunday by the executive council.

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According to him, the new Emirates are necessary to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

The Council, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

The fresh move for the creation of the additional Emirates comes days after a high court sacked the recently created emirates and emirs.

The court said the Kano assembly did not follow due process in creating the new emirates.

Garba however said some of the emirates annulled by the court existed before the Kano emirate, and thus the government’s move was to revive the emirates after the failed attempt by previous regimes.

 

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Kano state Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state.

To this end, 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.

A press statement issued 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 clamour 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 statement, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.

 

MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA

Hon. Commissioner, Information

PHOTOS: Residents Protest Nullification Of New Kano Emirates

 

Some residents in Kano State have stormed the streets in protest against the court ruling which nullified the creation of four new traditional Emirates.

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The protesters expressed displeasure over the development saying it is an attempt to destroy benefits of the new Emirate which they are already enjoying.

A Kano State High Court had earlier on Thursday nullified the creation of four additional Emirates in Kano State.

The presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’abba ruled that the creation of the Emirates and subsequent appointment of four new first class Emirs did not allow due process.

 

See photos from the protest below…

Emir Of Bichi Hosts Durbar Festival

 

Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero on Monday hosted the Durbar festival in his Kingdom alongside his district heads and other traditional rulers.

This is in compliance with the directive issued by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje that all first-class emirs are to host traditional Hawan Daushe in their respective emirates.

During the ceremony, the Emir called on his subjects to embrace farming and shun acts of violence that could create tension among them.

He also thanked the state government for promising to build ultra-modern hospitals in all the four new Emirates.

See photos below.

I Am ‘Emotionally Indebted’ To Ganduje, Emir Of Kano – Shettima

 

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said that he remains emotionally indebted to his Kano State counterpart, Ibrahim Ganduje and the Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi.

He said this during a press briefing on Saturday amid growing concerns that he was taking sides with the governor, following his (Ganduje’s) decision to create four new emirates in Kano.

“We are dwelling on trivialities and issues that are of the past”, Shettima said.

He explained that the Northern Governors have been working behind the scenes to resolve the issues between both the governor and the Emir and that contrary to claims that he was taking sides with Ganduje, he was emotionally indebted to the two prominent leaders.

“I have ties in Kano. The governor of Kano has adopted 200 sons of Borno (orphans) and the Kano State Government is shouldering the burden of their education, welfare, up to university level so, I am emotionally indebted to him,” he said.

“I am equally emotionally indebted to Emir Muhammadu Sanusi because under his stewardship he brought the BDC to Borno. It was under his stewardship that he brought a lot of investments to my state and most importantly, he was our gateway to Aliko Dangote when he went and solved a huge humanitarian crisis in Borno, he was the one who mobilised the business community to render a helping hand.

“The governor is an elder statesman that I hold in the highest esteem and the emir is one of the intellectual torchbearers of Northern Nigeria”.

Earlier at a meeting on Wednesday, Shettima had taken a swipe at those faulting the decentralization of the Kano Emirate, noting that there were other more important issues to worry about.


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But giving further clarifications on the matter on Saturday, he said he was quoted out of context by a section of the media.

He then went on to explain that there was an unwritten pact among the governors not to criticize each other in the public no matter what the issue may be.
According to him, rather than dwell on cultural and religious issues, people should champion things that could bring about rapid socio-economic development in the northern region and the country at large.

“Amongst us governors, there is an unwritten pact – we do not criticise one another in the public. If we have issues, we sort it out from behind.

“It is for us to build bridges, not to destroy bridges. We are working from behind the scenes to see that we normalise the relationship,” he said.

The Kano State House of Assembly had on May 8, passed the bill for the creation of the four additional first class Emirates.

This was after approval of the amendment of the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs law by the lawmakers.

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.

Upon the passage of the bill by the Kano Assembly, Governor Ganduje assented and went on to present letters of appointment to four new first-class Emirs in the state, a decision that has sparked criticism from many.

Kano Emirates: Ganduje Presents Letters Of Appointment To New Emirs

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has presented letters of appointment to four new first-class Emirs in the state.

The governor presented the letters on Saturday during a ceremony held at the state capital.

Those presented with the letters of appointment include Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of Late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, as the Emir of Bichi; Ibrahim Abulkadir as the Emir of Gaya; Tafida Abubakar as the Emir Of Rano and Abubakar Ibrahim II as the Emir of Karaye.

Ganduje during the presentation said the creation of an additional four Emirates will make the Kano traditional system more efficient.

“This is an arrangement that will make the system more efficient. The issue of education, security, and agriculture are too heavy to be allowed on a centralised traditional system.

“So, we know that this present structure will certainly promote security and education,” he said.

The date for the coronation of the new emirs will subsequently be announced by the state government.

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A high court sitting in Kano had earlier on Friday ordered Governor Ganduje, the Kano State House of Assembly, the Speaker of the Assembly, the clerk and the attorney-general of the state from implementing the law creating the new Emirates.

This was after Governor Ganduje signed into law the bill on the creation of four additional Emirates.

The court order follows an ex parte motion filed by Honorable Sule Gwarzo, asking the court to restrain the respondents from taking any action of creating four additional Emirates.

The court directed all parties in the suit to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The Kano State Government in a statement, however, denied being served any court order restraining Governor Ganduje from taking any action to create the new Emirates.