OrderPaperToday- The First Lady, Aisha Buhari was on Wednesday, received by the House of Representatives during its plenary session.
Aisha’s visit to the Green Chamber as relayed by Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila was to witness the laying of 68 reports by the Special Adhoc Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution.
Gbajabiamila, who expressed appreciation to Mrs. Buhari for various efforts to improve the welfare of women, said she was visiting in her capacity as a woman to show support for the amendment in those areas.
One of the proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution is to create 111 Seats for women in the National Assembly. Should the amendment scale through, two additional seats per state will be strictly reserved for women in the House of Representatives.
The proposal also includes one additional seat for each state in the Senate; inclusive of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
After laying the report of the 1999 Constitution Review Committee at Wednesday’s plenary by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, the Speaker further advised members to ensure their presence at plenary next week for consideration of the report.
“Thank you for a job well done. Let us all be here on Wednesday to vote on these clauses. Everybody needs to be here otherwise we would not get our two-thirds,” he said.
Leader of the House, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, had earlier moved a motion that the rules be suspended to welcome the wife of the President during plenary.
Mrs. Buhari was accompanied by the Ministers of Women Affairs and Finance, Pauline Tallen and Zainab Ahmed; all of whom left after the reports were laid.