Bill To Create Special Seats For Women At National/State Assemblies Passes 2nd Reading

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to create special seats for women in the National Assembly, and State Houses of Assembly.

The bill which seeks to create room for more inclusion of women in governance is sponsored by the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and all the female lawmakers in the 9th house.

Speaking on the general principles of the act, the Lead sponsor of the bill who is the deputy chief whip, Nkeiruka Onyenjiocha noted that the amendment will address the low representation of women in the legislature by providing for the creation of additional separate seats to be contested and filled by only women.

While expressing concern over the low ratio of women in the legislative arm of government, the legislator maintained that Nigeria has been identified as the worst performer in women representation in parliaments across West African region.

Ruling on the bill, speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over plenary referred the bill to the committee on constitution review for further legislative Input.

Aisha Adesanya

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