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Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by BeeBeeOoh(m): 7:46pm On Jul 09
A bill seeking to create 74 seats for women in the national assembly has passed second reading in the house of representatives.

The green chamber voted in favour of the bill during plenary on Tuesday, in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics.

Sponsored by Benjamin Kalu, the deputy speaker, and 12 other lawmakers, the proposed legislation seeks to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, and 117 of the constitution to create one “special seat reserved exclusively for women in the senate and house of representatives for each state of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT)”.

The bill proposes to take effect after the term of the current national assembly elapses, and is subject to review every 16 years.

The bill also proposes to alter Section 91 of the constitution to provide for three special seats “reserved exclusively” for women in houses of assembly of each state of the federation.

Leading the debate, Joshua Gana, co-sponsor of the bill, said the proposed legislation is aimed at addressing a “profound imbalance and the under-representation of women in the national assembly and at sub-national levels”.

He said the bill is “anchored on the fundamental principle of equitable representation, and aims to empower women by ensuring their voices are not only heard but that they actively contribute to shaping the legislative landscape, and the overall development of our nation”.

“The issue of gender equality and representation lies at the heart of our constitutional democracy,” he said.

Gana added that even though the constitution guarantees equal rights, the representation of women in the legislature has been “alarmingly low”.

“In the 7th, 8th, and 9th assemblies, women accounted for only 6.4%, 6.1%, and 2.7% of the senate respectively; and 6.4%, 3.05%, and 4.7% of the house of representatives respectively,” he said.

“These statistics underscore the urgent need for proactive measures to ensure equitable representation and amplify the voices of women in our legislative houses at the national and sub-national levels.

“The rationale behind this amendment is grounded on the principles of fairness and inclusivity.

“Globally, Nigeria lags behind in women representation in parliament, ranking among the lowest. Countries that have implemented affirmative action, like Rwanda and Andorra, have seen significant strides towards gender equality in governance.”

The legislator said the bill proposes a “temporary measure of seat reservation” for women to catalyse similar progress in Nigeria, “ensuring that women’s perspectives and priorities are fully integrated into our national and sub-national decision-making processes”.

‘BROAD CONSENSUS’

Contributing to the debate, Akin Rotimi, spokesperson of the house, said there is a “broad consensus” that it is necessary to have more women in parliament.

Kingsley Chinda, minority leader, supported the bill, saying parliament needs to correct the deficiency.

“We must make deliberate effort to solve problems where we see them,” he said.

Kelechi Nwogu from Rivers, corroborated Chinda’s argument, saying women should be given a “better opportunity” in politics.

Several other lawmakers who contributed to the debate, opposed the bill on the premise that it is against the provisions of the constitution on equal opportunity for all.

Ghali Tijani from Kano said rather than reserve special seats for women, political parties should deploy mechanisms to improve women’s participation in politics.

Olamijuwonlo Alao Akala from Oyo, Patrick Umoh from Akwa Ibom, and Billy Osawaru from Edo also opposed the bill, citing violations of the constitution.

Following the debate, Kalu proposed to withdraw the bill, noting that he may be biased as the lead sponsor since he was presiding.

“I will step down the bill until the day I am not presiding,” he said.

Ahmad Satomi from Borno countered Kalu, insisting that he should put the bill to a voice vote.

“It does not matter if you are presiding,” Satomi said.

Subsequently, Kalu put the bill to a voice vote. The “ayes” were louder than the “nays,” but he ruled in favour of the “ayes”.

A similar bill was considered in the 9th assembly during the constitution amendment process. The senate and house of representatives voted against it.

https://www.thecable.ng/breaking-bill-to-create-74-seats-for-women-in-nassembly-passes-second-reading/amp/

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by NwaNimo1(m): 7:48pm On Jul 09
74 more mouths to debate feed?

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Celtic1: 7:49pm On Jul 09
I don't understand this

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by chiiraq802(m): 7:49pm On Jul 09
Na wetin no get head, una dey always take serious.

Fuel price go soon pass minimum wage.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Ebigwei007: 7:50pm On Jul 09
So the people that won nw will be reshuffled or what? So who will step down for who again?

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Jogs1900: 7:58pm On Jul 09
It’s like these people are not ready to reduce the cost of governance..At the end,it’s Nigerians that will pay for it.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by thesicilian: 8:05pm On Jul 09
More government expenses.
If women are equal to men as they claim, why do we need to create special positions for them? They should just compete with the men on equal grounds.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Remman(m): 8:07pm On Jul 09
Also consider youths between 25 and 40 to participate.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by chatinent: 8:12pm On Jul 09
We run an expensive govt! And the best thing a so-called sensible govt has to do is create more seats?


We have more illiterates in power!

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Zooposki(f): 9:03pm On Jul 09
thesicilian:
More government expenses.
If women are equal to men as they claim, why do we need to create special positions for them? They should just compete with the men on equal grounds.

Yes, it might happen soon. Women in the west are refusing to have children (hence the low birth rates that are making the men panic), so they can concentrate on their careers. Once it gets to Africa they will compete equally with men without the distractions of children.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by RenaissanceGuy: 9:31pm On Jul 09
Very good. Sometimes when equality doesn't work, you introduce equity.
Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by PressMyButton: 9:32pm On Jul 09
This Administration will be the best yet. Women have been clamouring for equal representation for eons.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Lyrics269: 9:36pm On Jul 09
Gender equality! Good news Nigerian men are in pains
Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by panpan(m): 10:29pm On Jul 09
Creating extra seats for women in the national assembly is discriminatory based on gender.
In addition, creating extra seats would increase the cost of governance.
The bill should be thrown out.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Blue3k(m): 10:31pm On Jul 09
Lol Nigerians love their quota system 🤣.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Kobojunkie: 10:34pm On Jul 09
Jogs1900:
It’s like these people are not ready to reduce the cost of governance..At the end,it’s Nigerians that will pay for it.
The Zombie populace is always ready to do exactly that... they don't do much about it. undecided

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by givedemwotowoto: 11:57pm On Jul 09
I do not support this bill. Politics is politics and women should be encouraged to contest, special seats should not be created. This is discriminatory

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by NgwalandAbia(m): 11:57pm On Jul 09
We need New state not Bill or bill to remove tinubu for taking Nigeria from best economy in Africa to 4th honestly he don't have degrees as quoted.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Dronedude(m): 11:58pm On Jul 09
Some of these guys I have always known are dumb.

How would you do that when the position is a well elected position. Will you say some constituency or zone will constantly designate their seat to women therefore preventing free and fair elections?

Our problem is really reliant on our so called leaders.

I should be seeing moves for the reduction of cost of governance and salaries of all arms of government, MDAs etc instead they are busy chasing a wild goose.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Mightymanna(m): 12:01am On Jul 10
I fit enter this house with strong koboko wallahi

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by AreaFada2: 12:02am On Jul 10
Good idea but wrong method. It should be within the current number of senators and reps.

At least one senate seat for women in each state and 2 seats in HOR. To be rotated around each senatorial district/constituency in each state.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by BoldBrainz(m): 12:03am On Jul 10
Half of the comments here so far suggest that a lot of nairalanders either cannot read or have very low information processing capabilities.

"The legislator said the bill proposes a temporary measure of seat reservation for women".

The 74 seats to be created for women are not "new" seats. The Parliament is rather proposing to counterbalance the male quota in order to accommodate more women in our National politics. I don't like Tinubu and his administration but this bill is a step in the right direction.

It's time we gave women more opportunities and representation in our political environment.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Energist: 12:10am On Jul 10
The proposers should sacrifice their seats to the female folk come 2027. Where's the democracy if are giving women seats almost on a platter of gold? Why not start such affirmative action from the lower rings like councillors and chairmen? When will such action be invoked in recruitment and deployment of security into the front lines?

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Noblechykk(m): 12:10am On Jul 10
BoldBrainz:
Half of the comments here so far suggest that a lot of nairalanders either cannot read or have very low information processing capabilities.

"The legislator said the bill proposes a temporary measure of seat reservation for women".

The 74 seats to be created for women are not "new" seats. The Parliament is rather proposing to counterbalance the male quota in order to accommodate more women in our National politics. I don't like Tinubu and his administration but this bill is a step in the right direction.

It's time we gave women more opportunities and representation in our political environment.
And how will you achieve that?

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Dronedude(m): 12:11am On Jul 10
BoldBrainz:
Half of the comments here so far suggest that a lot of nairalanders either cannot read or have very low information processing capabilities.

The 74 seats to be created for women are not "new" seats. The Parliament is rather proposing to counterbalance the male quota in order to accommodate more women in our National politics. I don't like Tinubu and his administration but this bill is a step in the right direction.

It's time we gave women more opportunities and representation in our political environment.

It begins with interest, track record and persuasion to the constituents or zones to be elected. If you have a good track record and popularity like the few women in the chambers, why not, who will stop a woman from representing her people. The approach should be a sensitization or orientation process maybe backed with a reduced fee for electoral interest forms across all political parties. But then they can't impose on the electorates. People have the right to vote who will lead them.

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Cmanforall: 12:19am On Jul 10
BeeBeeOoh:


https://www.thecable.ng/breaking-bill-to-create-74-seats-for-women-in-nassembly-passes-second-reading/amp/

Side chicks are not enough? grin

These law breakers makers seem to be looking at areas that favour them and their wives/families.

Sending female representatives should be the duty of the voters and not the lawmakers. Why are they eager to pass it as a law?
Equity is encouraged, but let the power be with the people who vote

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by GboyegaD(m): 12:24am On Jul 10
How do we think as Nigerians? Since when did government become gender based positions? If this is how the Western countries run government would they ever produce female presidents?
Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Cmanforall: 12:25am On Jul 10
AreaFada2:
Good idea but wrong method. It should be within the current number of senators and reps.

At least one senate seat for women in each state and 2 seats in HOR. To be rotated around each senatorial district/constituency in each state.

Not a good suggestion.

The people should elect their representatives, irrespective of gender. The political parties should be the ones to ensure women are flagbearers, not the Nigerian constitution.
Some political parties are doing so by reducing some costs for female candidates. But other measures can be taken

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Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by Authoreety: 12:30am On Jul 10
Hmmmm

Interesting bill.

As as if national assembly is by appointment and not elections anymore..
Re: Bill To Create 74 Seats For Women In National Assembly Passes Second Reading by BoldBrainz(m): 12:38am On Jul 10
Noblechykk:

And how will you achieve that?

Easy.

A lot of women are interested in politics. But they get discouraged when they see other women who contest and are muscled out by the vicious male political class. Now with the existence of reserved seats, women will feel "encouraged" to throw themselves in the ring with the hopes of landing one of those seats. It is agreeably a soft landing for the womanfolk, but it is necessary if a headway must be made for the advancement of women in our National politics.

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