A bill that seeks to create 111 additional special seats for women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill, which was read for the first time on Thursday, April 22, 2021, sought to alter the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.
It would create 37 additional seats are created in the Senate and 74 in the House of Representatives for women if passed into law.
Sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, and 85 other members, the bill is titled, “A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to create Additional Special Seats for Women in the Federal and States Legislative Houses; and for Related Matters.”
It was first read on the 22nd of April and aims to generate more seats for women in the Senate and the House of Representatives and to amend Sections 48, 49, 71, 77, 91 and 117 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It also required that one additional member from each of the three senatorial districts in the state will be created exclusively for women in each State House of Assembly.