Reps plan particular parliamentary seats for girls -Deputy speaker

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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has revealed that the House is deliberating on a invoice aimed toward reserving particular seats for girls in parliament.

Kalu made this announcement on the 2nd Women of Divine Destiny Initiative Inspiring Women Summit (2024) in Owerri, Imo State.

The summit, themed “Illuminating the Power of an Inspired Woman,” centered on empowering ladies to realize their goals.

WODDI, a non-profit organisation, was based by the spouse of former Imo State Governor, Dr. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha.

The Deputy Speaker highlighted that the invoice, titled the “Seat Reservation Bill,” was lately launched in parliament and is co-sponsored by himself and several other colleagues.

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The proposed laws seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to allocate particular seats for girls within the legislature. Kalu emphasised that, if handed, the invoice would considerably advance ladies’s illustration in politics.

“We should acknowledge, nevertheless, that in a society striving for equitable improvement, addressing basic points like gender equality and inclusiveness is crucial.

“In Nigeria, where women and girls constitute 49.32% of our population, representation in institutions and governance needs urgent attention. Presently, the House of Representatives is considering a bill to improve the representation of women in our legislative institutions, sponsored by myself and other colleagues,”  Kalu said.

He additionally highlighted the efforts of the Peace In South East Project, a social improvement initiative prioritizing gender points.

He praised Dr. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha for organising the summit and urged members to completely unleash their potential, now that they’ve been rightly motivated.



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