Nigeria Married Women Jubilate As House Of Reps Is Set To Sign Major Bill In Their Favour

Married women in Nigeria will no longer be confined to identifying with her place of marriage as origin, according to a new bill being passe...

Married women in Nigeria will no longer be confined to identifying with her place of marriage as origin, according to a new bill being passed by the lower chamber of the Nigerian National Assembly.

This comes as the Federal House of Representatives  passed a bill enabling married Nigerian women to choose their state of origin, giving married women the option of choosing the indigeneship of either their father or husband if passed into law. Prior to the amendment, married women were considered indigenes of their husband’s state.

The ‘Bill for an act to amend the Federal Character Commission (Establishment, etc) Act, 2010, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, Cap F7 to give married women the option of indigeneship and for related matters’ was passed at Tuesday’s plenary session.

At the committee of the whole, the lower legislative chamber amended section 2, part 11 of the principal act and introduced a new section.

The amended section 2 now provides: “A married woman shall have the option to lay claim to her State or Local Government of origin for the purpose of implementation of the Federal Character formulae at the National level or State as the case may be.”

Edward Pwajok, the sponsor of the bill, had lamented the dilemma women face in either choosing their state of indigeneship in official matters such as for the purposes of appointment or election.

Meanwhile, ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on June 10, 2019, members of the House of Representatives from the northern region have begun moves to stop imposition of speaker and deputy speaker on the lawmakers.

The moves, it was learnt yesterday, are subsumed in new narratives springing up against godfatherism by leaders of the zone.

The lawmakers are rising in unison irrespective of their political leanings against what they considered a growing vice in the Nigerian politics.

It will be recalled that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has since adopted Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe North as its choice for the senate presidency and Hon. Femi Gbajabimila from Lagos State as its favorite for the Speakership of the 9th House of Representatives.

But the feeling among the northern members, as was gathered, is that both men are the choices of one man foisted on them by the party.

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