Affirmative Action: Gbajabiamila Speaks on Women’s Underrepresentation in NASS

Affirmative Action: Gbajabiamila Speaks on Women’s Underrepresentation in NASS

  • Femi Gbajabiamila has decried the poor representation of women in the National Assembly and politics in general
  • During a plenary session on Tuesday, March 21, Gbajabiamila said the government's legislative arm still needs to make it a reality
  • He, however, stated that before the closure of the 9th assembly, more bills would be passed in earnest

FCT, Abuja - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has reacted to the failure of the national assembly to grant the proposed 35% affirmative action that will see an increase in the legislative seats of women in the upper and lower chambers.

Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, March 22, during plenary at the national assembly in Abuja, acknowledged the failure of the green chamber to pass the bill as earlier proposed in 2022.

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Femi Gbajabiamila
Speaker of the House of Reps, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the green chambers would pass more bills with few months left before the closure of the 9th assembly. Photo: Femi Gbajabiamila
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Speaker, Gbajabiamila admits to failure of lower chamber in legislation

Exactly a year after the national assembly rejected the bill, Gbajabiamila said it had fallen short of its commitment to ensuring adequate representation of women.

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As reported by TheCable, he said:

“We fell short this time in our commitment to ensuring political empowerment and representation for women and other marginalised groups in our country.”
“In the time we have left, we will work to understand why, as a first step towards ensuring the success of subsequent efforts.”

Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila disclosed that the green chambers would exploit the time left before the curtain closed on the 9th assembly to ensure that:

“institutions of government work towards the ends of development, national security and the welfare of the Nigerian people”.

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In another development, inside sources in the APC said Hon Femi Gbajabiamila tops the list of contenders to emerge as the chief of staff in Bola Tinubu's administration.

The Speaker of the House of Reps is being considered for the job as he has been a core loyalist of the president-elect for over 20 years.

The rumours were fueled by the absence of the Speaker at a ceremony for lawmakers-elect to receive their certificate of return.


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