Ganduje Cuts Emir Sanusi Infleunce, Breaks Kano Emirate Into Five|RN

                  Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Ted Odogwu, Kano


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday signed a bill that sought to split the Kano emirate into four into law.

With the signing into the Kano State Emirs’ Appointment and Deposition Amendment Bill 2019 into law, the state now has five emirates – Gaya, Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Kano.

The state House of Assembly passed the bill earlier on Wednesday less than 24 hours after a petition submitted to the House by one Ibrahim Salisu was read by the Speaker, Alhassan Ruum.

The governor, who signed the bill into law barely eight hours after it was passed by the lawmakers, said, “The traditional institution will now go closer to the people. We are about to make history today, and in the Holy Month of Ramadan.”

He stated that with the expansion of the emirate council, there was a need to bring forth the all-important institution to serve the people better.

According to him, all the necessary requirements needed for the immediate commencement of the new councils are in place.

He stated, “Kingmakers will be known very soon. So also all other processes and procedures will be completed for appointing respective emirs, issuing them with appointment letters up to the coronation stage.”

The proposed emirates will reduce the area of influence of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II.

Reading the report of the House joint committees before the floor of the House on Tuesday, the Majority Leader, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi, said the decision to pass the bill followed wide consultations with stakeholders.

According to Danagundi, the law, if signed by the state governor, each of the emirate council will have their own kingmakers except Bichi.

Bichi, he said, would have its kingmakers from the old Emirate Council, Gidan Dabo, in particular.

Earlier on Wednesday on another occasion, the governor promised to sign the bill into law without hesitation as soon as it was passed by the House.

He said, “We heard about a bill forwarded to the state House of Assembly, requesting them to enact a law for the creation of four more emirs in Kano. We believe those that did this did it with good intentions and they want the development of the state.”

With the creation of more emirates, Ganduje argued that all sectors of society would enjoy improvement.

He stated, “We believe the petitioners did it in good faith. And they want the development of the state. I hope the legislative arm would work on it and forward it to me for assent of which I am ready to sign into law without any waste of time.

“That is the popular wish of our people. This will also go a long way in hastening growth and the development of the state.

“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 would be no waste of time in signing the bill into law.

“The efforts did not get through many years ago but now we are happy to see that the idea would come into fruition.”  (Punch)


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Kano Assembly Moves To Create Four Additional Emirates|The Republican News

Kano State House of Assembly has commenced move for creation of four additional emirates in the state.

At yesterday’s plenary, the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum read a letter brought to the house for consideration by Ibrahim Salisu and others for creating the additional emirates.

The implication of creating additional emirates is that the powers of the present Emir of Kao, Malam Muhammad Sanusi ll, would be reduced.

The proposed emirates are Karaye, Bichi, Rano and Gaya.

Speaker Kabir Alasan-Rurum who presided at plenary read the petition.

He told the lawmakers that the petitioners demanded decentralisation of the existing emirate council.

Justifying the new emirate, Salisu and others said  establishment of the new emirates  would bring more developmental advantages in the state.

They stated  that the motive would  draw the remote and historic emirate closer to the state government, ‘‘which would enhance security and developmental aspects of Kano’’.

After the presentation of the petition before the house, majority of the members unanimously supported the move.

While contributing, Alhaji Zakari Muhammad, member representing Tarauni Constituency said the moves came at the right time.


He cited decentralisation of emirates by neighbouring statesw which he said had brought  developmental strides to them.

Also, members representing Takai, Dawakin Tofa, Rimin-Gado, Municipal, Nassarawa and Tudun Wada constituencies also supported the move.

The lawmakers expressed the opinions that such creation of the new emirates will make them equal in power as far as their emirate status is concerned.

However, with the petition hotly debated on the floor of the House, yesterday,

Already, thirteen legislators have already assented to the petition while the former speaker, Alhaji Isiyaku Ali Danja, who is  from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vehemently resisted the prayer contained in the petition.

He  urged his colleagues to maintain the status quo by allowing the existence of one emirate council instead of decentralising them.

Thereafter, the leadership of the House had adjourned sitting till today, to give ample time for the lawmakers to further deliberate on the issue . (The Sun)


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I Inherited Only N1.8bn As Kano Emir, Spent In 3 yrs, Says Emir Sanusi


Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II

From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

Emir of Kano, Sanusu Lamido Sanusi II has admitted spending N4 billion from the accounts of the Kano Emirate Council in three years.

He  also disclosed that he  inherited  only  N1,893,378,927.38k in the various accounts of the  council and not the alleged claim of N6 billion that was being speculated in the social media.

Sanusi,  who spoke during a press conference yesterday at the Emir’s palace,  through the Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Basher dismissed various accusations while throwing insights on payments and expenditures incurred by the council within the period of his reign

The Walin Kano said the council had a total of N2,875,163,431.17k in various banks as fixed deposit accounts shortly before the appointment of  Alhaji Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

He explained that out of this figure N981,784,503.79k was withdrawn and used during the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero on December 7, 2014  for the payment of Ado Bayero Royal City Project.

On the alleged N6 billion expenditure between 8 June,  2014 to 11 April, 2017, he stated that the council spent the sum of N4 ,314,476,542. 94k adding that the council operates a budget and “no expenditure is ever made outside the budgetary allocation”

The Kano traditional chief also  gave a number of payments incurred by the Kano Emirate Council during the tenure of the new Emir, to include payment for  new furniture for the palace after the previous ones were removed and distributed to the heirs of the former Emir  as well as the payment to the heirs of the former Emir in respect of his cars inherited by Sanusi.

He listed payment for the construction and renovation of Fadancin Dare wing of the palace, air tickets for the Emir’s entourage and payment of the charter flights, two times, for the Emir of Kano, in September 2014 and in 2015.

Basher also declared that the payments for the two Rolls Royce cars were never paid by the Emirate Council, adding that the cars were donated to the Emir by his friends.

While acknowledging the receipt from July 30,2014 to March 1, 2017 30 (a period of two years and eight months), of a total sum of N1, 727,938, 660.42k as grants from the state and 44 local governments in the state, he added that the council should have received almost a triple of this amount going by the law establishing the Kano Emirate Council Fund.

According to him, the Kano Emirate Council Fund 2004 Law stipulates that, “ the Emirate Council should receive three per cent of the total statutory grants of the council in the state and 10 per cent of what the councils contributed was to be paid by the state government.

“From our calculations, between January 2012 to September 2016, the sum of  N6,527,013,061.00 has been held by the state government,” the council stated.

He  explained that in respect to the implementation of the contribution of 10% and 3% from the state and Local Governments, the Council was advised by the government to liaise with office of the Accountant General for details adding that as at the time of the press briefing, there had been no improvement in the implementation.

Meanwhile, the recent probe of the finance of the Kano Emirate Council under the charge of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhamad Sanusi 11 has been linked to the internal crisis rocking the emirate council.

A very senior personnel of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission, said the commission was currently examining the finances of the Emirate Council. He told Daily Sun in Kano on Monday that the on gong investigation was triggered off by proponents of the former Emir of Kano, the late Alhaji Ado Bayero who were within the structure of the palace.

According to him, this interest, more than any other factors, had persistently alleged that the former Emir of Kano left the sum of 4 billion naira in the accounts of the Council at the time he exited.

“There is an allegation that there was a 4 billion naira in the account and there is a counter to that allegation that the new Emir never inherited such an amount of money from his predecessor. The duty of the Commission is to establish as to establish whether there was such an amount or not at the time he assumed office and if it is found to have existed in these accounts, whether it was judiciously used” he stated.

He dismissed insinuation in the public domain that the Kano State Government was directly behind the on-going probe of the Emir following his critical disposition to government policies of late, swearing that it was after a letter of invitation was extended to some of the civil servants in the palace that the governor got wind of the planned investigation.

“And honestly, there was really nothing he could have done differently given the fact that Section 8 of the Laws establishing this Commission empowers us to undertake this kind of investigation’ he stated.

The source, who is very familiar with the investigation, disclosed that they were approaching the whole exercise with an open  mind adding that as a mark of respect, invitations were only extended to civil servants such as the treasurer and the Secretary, who were directly involved in the finances of the Emirate  Council.

The source told Daily Sun that the whole probe was in the best interest of all the parties involved as it would put to rest all the speculations regarding exactly how much was left behind by the immediate past Emir of Kano, in the accounts of the Emirate Council.       (The Sun)

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