PRESS STATEMENT: 111 ADDITIONAL SPECIAL SEATS FOR WOMEN IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY
Nigeria Women today stand tall and in solidarity as we send warm felicitations to the 9th National Assembly on this historic milestone recorded in our demand for more political space for women.
I want to on behalf of Nigerian Women salute the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, especially the Senate led by President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan and the House of Representatives led by the Speaker Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The year 2021 represents a great milestone in our advocacy for increasing the participation of women in governance and decision making as a Bill to that seeks to create 111 additional Special Seats for Women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
Sponsored by the Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Nkiruka Onyejiocha, when passed into law, 37 additional seats will be created in the Senate and 74 in the House of Representatives for women. The Bill also provides 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. This Bill is expected to serve as a remedy to the low representation of women in legislative houses by providing additional separate seats to be contested and occupied by only women in the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly.
As a temporary measure to promote women’s representation, the Bill is expected to be subjected to a review after four general election cycles of 16 years for the purpose of retaining, increasing or abolishing the temporary measure.
As we await the final reading, we will not rest on our oars in praying for them and we continue to pray for them.
Long live the 9th National Assembly
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dame Pauline K. Tallen, OFR, KSG
Honourable Minister of Women Affairs.