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House Adopts Bill To Create Additional Seats For Women

The House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review has adopted a Bill seeking the creation of additional 11 seats for women in the National
Assembly.

This is sequel to the unanimous adoption of a Bill seeking to alter the Constitution to create the extra seats at the committee’s technical meeting in Abuja.

The Bill which was sponsored by the deputy minority whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and 119 other lawmakers seeks to alter sections forty eight, forty nine, seventy one, seventy seven, ninety one and one hundred and seventeen of the1999 Constitution.

The amendment when passed into law will create one senatorial seat and two federal constituencies in each state and the Federal Capital Territory to be strictly occupied by women.

The alteration will also create additional 108 seats in the state houses of assemblies for women alone.

Speaking on the proposed alterations at the technical session, a consultant to the committee, Professor Joy Ezeilo said the Bill when passed will increase women presentation in the parliament.

By Aisha Adesanya

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