July 21, 2024
Bill to create 74 extra seats for women in national assembly passes second reading
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Bill to create 74 extra seats for women in national assembly passes second reading

A bill sponsored by the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu and 12 other lawmakers, seeking to create 74 seats for women in the national assembly has passed second reading.

The proposed legislation seeks to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, and 117 of the constitution to create one “special seat reserved exclusively for women in the senate and house of representatives for each state of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT)”.

Leading the debate, Joshua Gana, co-sponsor of the bill, said the proposed legislation is aimed at addressing a “profound imbalance and the under-representation of women in the national assembly and at sub-national levels”.

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He said the bill is “anchored on the fundamental principle of equitable representation, and aims to empower women by ensuring their voices are not only heard but that they actively contribute to shaping the legislative landscape, and the overall development of our nation”.