By Rotimi Adewuyi
OrderPaperToday – Concerned Nigerian women under the aegis of different Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are currently occupying the National Assembly.
The women groups numbering about 40 have barricaded the entrance to the National Assembly Complex, demanding a reconsideration of all women-related bills which failed to scale through Tuesday’s voting by lawmakers on Constitution Alteration Bills.
Criticising the outcome of the clause-by-clause voting held simultaneously in both chambers of the National Assembly, the groups decried what they described as marginalisation of women in the country.
They, therefore, demanded that the lawmakers urgently correct the wrongs meted out to all women through the failed bills.
Four alteration bills were presented during the clause-by-clause voting on the report of the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Alteration of the 1999 Constitution.
A Bill for An Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Fed Rep of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for affirmative action for women in political party administration & for related matters
A Bill For an Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to expand the scope of citizenship by registration and; for related matters.
A Bill For an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for special seats for women in the National and State Houses of Assembly; and for related matters.
A Bill For an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide a Minimum of 20% for Women in Ministerial or Commissioner Nominees; and for Related Matters.
In both chambers, the underwhelming support from lawmakers could not garner the total votes required to scale through to the next stage of consideration by the State Houses of Assembly.