House of Representatives makes U-turn on three rejected ‘women-related’ bills

House of Representatives

The house of representatives has rescinded its decision on three ”gender bills” in the constitution amendment.

The bills are on indigenship, citizenship, and 35% affirmative action for women. The bills will be recommended for consideration and will be part of the second batch of the constitutional amendment to be presented in a couple of months.

This is coming after some women stormed the national assembly to protest against National Assembly rejecting women-related bills.

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house has also confirmed that the bills will be considered in the next voting on the constitution amendment coming up in four weeks.

Gbajabiamila said;

“Last week, the House voted on the constitution amendment.

“There are issues arising therefrom and the house in its wisdom has decided to take a cause of action for the good of the country and that action is to rescind three of the decisions that were taken that day and after the rescission, we will list them on the next set of amendment coming up.

“If we still at that point have a difference with the senate, we will go for harmonization.

“Now harmonization may not be the practice when it comes to constitution amendment because I have heard people argued here and there.

“But the constitution I believe under section 5 allows the house to regulate its own procedure and we will be relying on the provision of the constitution to harmonize the differences between us (house) and the senate and hopefully this will go through.”

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