REPS RESCIND DECISION ON THREE GENDER BILLS

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The House of Representatives has reversed itself on three gender-related bills that failed to pass in the ongoing amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila made the announcement on the floor at plenary after the House had held a brief Executive session before start of the day’s legislative business.

The speaker while making the announcement said the decision by the house is to give the women a sense of belonging especially coming at this time when the world is celebrating the International Women’s Day.

The speaker said the House decision is born out of quest for equity and for the good of the nation particularly coming at this time of the International Women’s day celebration.

While there are five gender bills, those to be revisited are Bill 36 to “expand the scope of citizenship by registration;” Bill 37 to “provide for affirmative action for women in political party administration;” and Bill 38 to “provide criteria for qualification to become an indigene of a state in Nigeria.”

He assured that the Bills will come up again for voting in four weeks adding that if there is a difference in the decision taken by both Chambers, there will be Harmonization on the bills since the constitution under section 5 allows the parliament to regulate itself.




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