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Kano State House of Assembly Repeals Law Establishing Five Emirates

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The Kano State House of Assembly passed the Kano Emirates Council Law (repeal bill) 2024 on Thursday, effectively abolishing the establishment of five emirate councils in the state. This decision followed extensive deliberations on the floor of the house during the plenary session.

The new bill, which passed after scaling its third reading, reverts Kano’s traditional institution structure back to a single emirate, dissolving all offices created under the previous law. The Kano State Emirates Council (Amendment number 2) Law, 2024, was sponsored by the Majority Leader and member representing the Dala Constituency, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa.

Under the new bill, all district heads who were elevated or appointed under the repealed law are required to return to their former positions.

This move marks a significant reversal of the reforms initiated by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who had assented to the law creating five new emirates on December 5, 2019. Ganduje later signed amendments to this law on October 14, 2020, and April 11, 2023.

The passage of the repeal bill underscores a shift in the state’s approach to its traditional institutions, consolidating power back to a single emirate and undoing the expansions made in recent years.

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