The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, has set up a committee to restructure the 32 emirates and chiefdoms in the state.
As reported by Daily Trust, “About 13 chiefdoms and emirates, mostly in central and southern parts of the state, will be renamed.
The administration had in June sacked 313 district and 4,453 village heads, in an attempt to cut down the financial burden on the local government councils.
The state reverted to 77 districts and 1,429 village units that existing before 2001, when the traditional institution was deregulated by Governor Mohammed Makarfi administration.
Affected district heads are currently in court to challenge the decision.
The 32 chiefdoms and emirates in Kaduna State, comprises 10 first-class status, nine second-class and 13 third class.
A 13-member commitee has six months to complete its assignment.
Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani chairs the committee, with Permanent Secretary in the ministry Stephen Joseph, serving as secretary.
The three traditional rulers on the committee are the Chief of Zangon Kataf, Agwaptyap Dominic Gambo Yahays; Chief of Gbagyi, Sa-Bagyi Danjuma Barde; and Ciroman Zazzau, Alhaji Sa’idu Mailafia.
Other officials are Director General, Kaduna Geographic Information Service, Ibrahim Hussaini; Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rufai and Community Development, Ibrahim Sambo; Special Adviser (legal) to the Governor, Aisha Dikko; and former Permanent Secretary, Auwalu Aliyu Damau.
The academics appointed into the committee are Professor Abdullahi Ashafa of History Department and Professor John La’ah, Dean of School of Science, Kaduna State University; as well as administrator? Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaira, Professor Shehu Dalhat.