House of Representatives sets to reconsider three women related bills

National Assembly

 The House of Representatives during its plenary on Tuesday March 8, 2022 has rescinded its earlier decision on three Women-related Bills seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution to protect the interest of Women.

The House led by the Speaker Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and members, reversed itself on Tuesday by recommitting the Bills to its Committee of the Whole for reconsideration and fresh voting.

The Bills to be reconsidered are Citizenship (men married to Nigerian women can apply for Nigeria’s citizenship); Indigene-ship (women can become indigenes of their state of marriage after a specified period); and 35% affirmative action for Women in political party administration.

It would be recalled that the Bills had failed to secure the mandatory two-thirds majority votes required to pass them on Tuesday last week when members voted on 68 constitution amendment Bills in Abuja.

The Speaker said the decision taken is for the good of the Country and the reconsideration of the bills will be done in the next four weeks along with a second set of Constitution amendment Bills to be voted on by Lawmakers.

Female Lawmakers visibly expressed their delight for the new development and commended the Speaker for the positive step which is another chance for a repeat vote by Members through the re-committal.

Olalere Taiwo
For Head of Press;
Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters.