The Parliament of Katsina, Nigeria

Population 6,483,429 (est2006)
Seat of Parliament Katsina
Date of Independence 01/10/1960
Constitution State
CPA Branch Formed 0/01/2000
Voting Age 18
First Parliament 01 Jan 1991
Local Information
Branch Profile Katsina was one of the prejihad hausa city states which was conquered and annexed into the Sokoto caliphate by Mallam Urnmarun Dallaji in the early part of the 19th Century. After the British colonial conquest in 1903, the erstwhile Katsina and Daura emirates became Katsina Province of the former Northern region of Nigeria. Later, Katsina and Zaria Provinces together formed the North Central State under the Gowon regime's twelve state structure. North Central State was left intact in 1976 when the number of states were increased to nineteen under the new name of Kaduna State. Katsina State came into existence on the 23rd of September, 1987 covering the same area of the former Katsina Province of the defunct Northern Region. Its creation along with Akwa lbom State, raised the number of states from nineteen to twen tyone under the then Babangida military administration. Thence forth, the agitation for the creation of Katsina State, which dated back to over a decade under an umbrella organisation called the Movement for the Creation of Katsina State, came to rest. (Udo and Mamman, 1993). Administrative Structure: Three tiers of gov ernment exist in the state namely; executive, legislature and judiciary. The executive arm is administered through the State Executive council which is headed by the governor. The current Governor being Alhaji Umar Musa 'Yar'Adua (the younger brother of late General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua of blessed memory), democratically elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Other members of the Executive Council include the Commissioners (who head ministries); various parastatals are either under the office of the gover nor, or other related ministries. The legislature is headed by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, his deputy, chief whip, majority and minority leaders; a registrar of the house serves as the Secretary and head of the non legislative officers. The judiciary is headed by the Chief Judge. Local Government Structures: Each local government has two tiers; the executive and the leaislature. The executive wind is headed by the Chairman, others include the officers heading various departments and a secretary. The legislative arm is made up of the Speaker, his deputy and eight councillors. Indigenous Structure: This is headed by the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils which are headed by the Emirs. Each emirate is subdivided into districts, which are headed by district heads (hakirnai). Each district is also made up of villages headed by village heads (or dagatai). Further, towns wards and hamlets are headed by the Masu anguwa or ward/hamlet heads.
Website http://katsinastategov.org/

Chamber 1

Chamber House of Assembly
No of Seats 34
No of Women 0
Date of Last Election 06 May 2007
Term 4 years
No of Parties 2

Chamber 2

Chamber
No of Seats 0
No of Women 0
Date of Last Election
Term
No of Parties 0

Committees

Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: 30
Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral): NA
Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: House Services committee and Committee of Rules or Business, ethics & Privileges.

Reports

Are reports or recommendations from committees debated in the Chamber: Yes
Must Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations and, if so, what is the time limit for providing responses? Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations within the time specified by the House.

Budgets

Does Parliament or a committee have formal input into the formulation of the budget? Yes
What is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament? Three weeks is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament.

Committee staffing

How much Chamber and committee time is normally spent in scrutinizing the budget prior to passage? Three weeks.
Number of Clerks to service committees: 13
Do committees have access to subject specialist researchers from parliamentary staff? Yes
Do committees have access to funds to hire external subject specialist advisors? Yes

Members of Parliament/Legislature

Name Position Address Title Contact Info
Alhaji Ya'u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo, MLA Branch President Katsina State House of Assembly
PMB 2148
Katsina, KATSINA STATE
NIGERIA
Speaker of the House P: (+234) 65-432-989
F: (+234) 65-432-992
E: sikurfi@yahoo.com
Bilyanu Moh. Rimi Branch Vice-President Katsina State House of Assembly
PMB 2148
Katsina, KATSINA STATE
NIGERIA
Deputy Speaker of the House P: (+234) 65-432-989
F: (+234) 65-432-992
E: sikurfi@yahoo.com
Mr Ahmed Abdu Branch Secretary Katsina State House of Assembly
PMB 2148
Katsina, KATSINA STATE
NIGERIA
Clerk of the House P: (+234) 65-432-989
F: (+234) 65-432-992
E: sikurfi@yahoo.com