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House Deputy Whip reacts to failure of Gender Bills at Constitution Review

OrderPaperToday – Deputy Whip of the House of Representatives, Nkiruika Onyejeocha has expressed disappointment over the failure of the Bills on women’s inclusiveness in governance to scale through the Constitution Review process.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, Onyejeocha noted that if the bills had passed, it would have helped close the gap of women’s participation in politics; where Nigeria is globally ranked 184 out of 187.

She explained that the reserved seats for women in parliament was proposed because the male folks at both state and federal level, were not ready to give out space for the female from the already existing 469 seats.

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The Deputy Whip opposed the argument that the voting by members was culturally and religiously motivated.

According to her, “members from the North whom I sat close to at plenary, of which many claimed they will be against the bills concerning women, voted in favour of the bills.”

Recall that at least four gender-related bills aimed at promoting the inclusion of women in governance failed to scale through the voting stage at Tuesday’s plenary in both chambers of the National Assembly.

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Among the 68 alteration bills contained in the report of the Joint Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution was a proposal to reserve 111 additional seats for women in parliament.

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