Senate rejects two bills proposed to empower recognise Women in Nigeria

The Senate on Tuesday rejected two bills proposed to empower and to attach special recognition to women in Nigeria.

 

One of the bills is seeking the creation of one special seat for a woman at the Senate, House of Representatives and the Federal Capital Territory without prejudice to eligibility to contest.

 

Bill 1

It said: “The bill seeks to create a special seat for women in the Senate, House of Representatives and the State Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory reserved solely for women without prejudice to their eligibility to contest in the existing Senatorial seats in each State and FCT.”

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The bill was rejected by senators who voted when it was considered.

 

41 senators voted in favour of the proposed amendment, while 44 voted against, failing to meet the required two-third (73) membership.



Like the green chamber, the red chamber also voted against creating a special legislative seats for women in the national and state assemblies.

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The proposed amendment suffered set back after 30 senators voted in favour, while 58 voted against.

 

Bill 2

Also, the proposed 35% affirmative action for women in political party administration was also voted against by Senators.

 

34 senators voted in favour of the provision while 53 voted against.

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It was earlier reported that the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo and her entourage were in the Chamber as observers of Tuesday’s legislative proceedings that saw Senators rejecting two bills that concerned the female gender.

Senate rejects two bills proposed to empower recognise Women in Nigeria
Senate rejects two bills proposed to empower recognise Women in Nigeria

First Lady Aisha Buhari had visited parliament last week to make a special case for women.

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