- Abia state has set a precedent with groundbreaking laws enacted by former Governor Okezie Ikpeazu
- The ex-governor revealed recently, that one of the laws his administration enacted, ensured female children's right to inherit property and own land
- Ikpeazu maintained that his wife was the brain behind the law and she made sure he ran an inclusive governance in Abia
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements
Okezie Ikpeazu, the former governor of Abia state, revealed recently that he signed a law making it mandatory for female children to inherit their fathers’ property and own community land.
Okezie Ikpeazu speaks on how he empowered girls, women in Abia state
As reported by Vanguard, Ikpeazu disclosed that his passion for women's development came from his wife.
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According to him, the law allows the female children to be allocated land as against the customs and traditions which made it difficult for them to own land in their communities.
Governor Ikpeazu spoke on the sideline of Gender and Inclusion Summit, organised by the Policy Innovation Centre (PIC) of Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in Abuja.
“Today in Abia state, female children can now inherit their fathers’ property. Now it’s an offence for female children not to be allocated land. The female children can now inherit their fathers’ property.”
With this development, the former governor noted that women in Abia state can now have free access to farmlands and use them as collateral to collect loans for any business of their choice, contrary to old practice in the state.
Alex Otti abandons multi-billion naira govt house, operates from village
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Abia governor, Alex Otti, has deserted a newly built multi-billion naira government house in Umuahia, the state capital, since assuming office on May 29.
Otti is running the affairs of his state from his village, Umuru Umuehi in Nvosi, Isiala-Ngwa South local government area (LGA) of Abia state, according to a report on Sunday, November 26.
Alex Otti under fire over ₦1 billion spent on food, welfare packages in Abia
In another development, Legit.ng reported that Abia state government headed by Alex Otti has come under heavy criticism following a recent revelation about its spending.
SaharaReporters confirmed that Governor Otti spent a whopping sum of N927 million within three months on meals, allowances, honorarium and sitting allowance for government officials between July and September 2023.
The report further gave the breakdown of the money spent by Otti's government on the "welfare packages for the eggheads" but noted that N25 million was set aside for public schools.