Kano Assembly Suspends Five Members


The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday suspended five lawmakers for insubordination, and bridge of the rules and regulations of the House during last Monday’s rowdy session at the floor of the Assembly prior to the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

At a preliminary session, Speaker of the House Abdulaziz Gafasa who announced the suspension following a point of order presented by one of the members, said the lawmakers are to remain suspended for six months.

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The suspended lawmakers include Muhammad Bello representing Rimin Gado, Labaran Madari of Warawa, Garba Gwarmai of Kunchi/Tsanyawa, Maje Ahmed of Kano municipal and Isyaku Ali of Gezawa.

Responding to the suspension, one of the affected lawmakers, Muhammad Bello told Channels Television that their suspension did not follow due process and that it violates order 8 which empowers committee on ethics and privileges to investigate any violation of House rules.

“Even if there is a violation of rules the committee should take care of it but none of these was put into considerations, we will, therefore, discuss among ourselves and see what we can come up with,” Mr Bello stated.

Kano Youths Kick Against Pension For Former Governors

Kano Youths on pensionSome youths have called on the Kano State House of Assembly to repeal the pension benefits for former governors and their deputies in the state.

The Voice of Progressive Youth in Kano State alleged that the benefit had given more attention to the governors and deputies to the detriment of the citizens.

The Chairman of the group, Hamisu Sharifai, presented the letter of protest to the Clerk of the Assembly on Friday in Kano, northwest Nigeria.

He noted that the law would destroy the state’s economy, considering what the beneficiaries of the law were getting from the state’s lean treasury.

In line with the current Nigeria’s economic crisis, Mr Sharifai insisted that the said law be repealed in the interest of justice, equity, fairness, public decency and morality.

The youths noted that the law depleted the lean treasury of the state as well as made the governors and their deputies the landlords, rather than the servants of the good people of Kano State.

In his response, the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Lawan Badamasi, assured the youths that their message would be delivered to the leadership of the House.

He promised that the lawmakers would act in accordance with the law.

In 2007, a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, signed the Pension Rights of Governor and Deputy Governor, a law that entitles former governors and their deputies to pension rights for life.

Section 3 (1) of the law provides the governors and deputy governors with pension at the rate equivalent to annual total emolument of the incumbent governor.

This includes two personal staff, two brand new vehicle, free medical treatment and 30 days annual vacation within or outside Nigeria.

Cattle Rustlers Surrender Arms In Kano

Cattle-Rustling-KAnoOver 30 cattle rustlers in Kano State have surrendered their weapons to abandon cattle rustling and other armed robbery activities in the state.

This was in response to Governor Ganduje’s earlier offer of amnesty to cattle rustlers in the state who have decided to stop.

While receiving the repentant rustlers at Gomo village in Sumaila Local Government, Governor Ganduje said that his administration would forward a bill to the Kano State House of Assembly that will seek to address the problem of cattle rustling in Kano.

Governor Ganduje explained that the State Government was already winning the war against cattle rustling and other criminal activities.

He promised to provide the rustlers with the necessary skills that will make them more relevant in the society.

The Kano State Police Commissioner, Musa Katsina, while handing over the repentant cattle rustlers, told the Governor that what was left of the cattle rustling were mop-up operations.

He also disclosed that various weapons were submitted by the cattle thieves.

New Speaker Emerges In Kano Assembly As Sallau Resigns

The Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Gambo Sallau, has resigned his position in the 40-man assembly.

In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, the speaker said that his resignation was sequel to the mass defection of PDP lawmakers to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday.

Honourable Sallau said that since defecting to the opposition party contradicts his principles, he remains a member of the PDP.

His resignation comes a day after 27 out of 31 People’s Democratic Party, PDP members in Kano State House of Assembly defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

At the plenary session presided over by Deputy Speaker, Isyaku Ali Danja, on Monday, the defected lawmakers presented a letter to that effect, which contained their names and constituencies, to formally confirm their defection to the APC.

They said that the decision was taken following consultations with their constituents on whether or not to support Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who has joined the party in December 2013.

New Speaker SwornIn

Meanwhile, the Kano State House of Assembly has nominated and sworn-in Mr. Isyaku Danja of the All Progressives Congress as the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly, as Mr. Gambo Sallau stepped down to lead the People’s Democratic Party, PDP minority.

At the plenary session on Tuesday, the House, which now has the All Progressives Congress, APC as majority, unanimously agreed to nominate Mr. Danja to lead the House under the APC.