The Kano State Government has advocated for the 35 percent of all appointment positions be reserved for women and vulnerable groups to promote gender and equality participation in governance.
The Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji made the plea among many other recommendations he submitted to the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Review of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.
Usman Alhaji also submitted that Kano State with the highest population in the country should be accorded preference on anything that relates to human development.
” Globally, the purpose of financial resources in governance is to aid human development. To this end, since local government and States are closer to the grassroots, and, therefore, should be given more allocation of the nation’s resources.”
” It is recommended that the 13 percent derivation formula should be reviewed down ward to 8 percent so as to allow other states to derive more from the pool.”
The Secretary to the State Government called for the consideration of Kano state being a Muslim dominated state to allow Muslims right to practice and observe the principles of their religion as contemplated under section 38 of the Constitution.
” Kano being a Muslims dominated State requires the Shari’ah Court of Appeal to excercise appellate and supervisory jurisdictions on criminal appeals from the Shari’ah Courts in the State.”
He emphasized on the significance of Constitutional roles for traditional rulers, recomending that Traditional Rulers in the State and indeed the Northern States, have been known historically as active participants in governance.
” However, previous constitutional amendments have usurped them of these powers, therefore, as custodians of customs, religion and tradition recommended that they should be given active role on security issues, Council of States, National Economic Council and State Executive Council.”
Alhaji also recommended for the establishment of an International Trade Center Commission to bring about meaningful development in the country.
His words” These potentials are easily noticable in the areas of agriculture, trading, access to foreign markets, solid minerals, hides and skin, availability of earth dams, Ajaokuta-kaduna-kano (AKK) Gas pipeline project, railway line project and so on.”
Earlier, the Secretary to the Kano State Government stated that the State Government has taken into consideration its peculiarities in the area of religion and customs, potentials in Agriculture and trading, accessibility to outside world especially the Northern and Central African Countries and the Arab World, dense population.
In his speech the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and Chairman Kano Center of the House of Representatives Public Hearing Alhassan Ado Doguwa stated that constitutional review has always promote good governance which is the cardinal principles of democracy.
He added that House of Representatives consider citizens inputs and needs as utmost priority.