Deputy Chief Whip of the House and Sponsor of the Bill, Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejeocha
The House of Representatives has passed for second reading, a bill to create special seats for women in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly, for more inclusion of women in governance.
The Bill proposed thirty seven additional seats at the Senate, fifty four seats at the House of Representatives and three seats in each of the thirty six States of the Federation for women
Speaking on the bill, the Sponsor, Mrs. Nkiruka Onyejeocha expressed concern that Nigeria was identified among the wost performers in Women Representation in Parliament with only 4.4 percent representation despite their potential, capability and contribution to Nation building.
Mrs. Onyejeocha, who is the Deputy Chief Whip of the House said Nigeria will not afford to be left behind in achieving significant percent of women inclusion in line with the Nation’s gender policy.
The Lawmaker added that the bill which has potential of improving women’s political representation when it became law is expected to assist in addressing some challenges facing Nigeria as a Nation.