Sokoto State House of Assembly okays Hisbah Commission

Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko

The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the establishment of a Hizbah Commission, a body that is effectively the North-West state’s religious law enforcement agency.
The Chairman, House Committee on Religious Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Ruwa-Wuri (APC- Tangaza), said the approval was sequel to the consideration of the report by the legislators. He said that the committee made different consultations with the stakeholders on the matter before releasing the final report.
Ruwa-Wuri further disclosed that the committee conducted a pubic hearing and embarked on a study tours of similar commission to Kano and Zamfara States. “This is in order to capture the need for the establishment of the best Hizbah commission in the state,” he added.
Ruwa-wuri said the commission should be an autonomous and an independent one. “The power to appoint and remove the commandant should rest on state governor,” he stated. He added that, the committee recommended a comprehensive training and orientation of Hizbah corps.
“We also recommended Islamic knowledge and jurisprudence as criteria for appointment into the various positions at all levels of administrative hierarchy. There should be direct channel of communication between the Hizbah Corps and other security agencies in the state,” the chairman said.
The Majority leader, Alhaji Abubakar Amanawa (APC- Dange/Shuni) said that the commission if established would reduce the level of unemployment in the state.
Amanawa said that, the Hizbah commission in the state would be a source of improvement in security and discipline among the people.
The Speaker, Alhaji Lawal Zayyana said the bill was registered, debated and passed.

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