Hon. Taiwo Oluga, (APC, Osun) has stated that the bill seeking more women representation in the National Assembly would soon come up for second reading in the House of Representatives. Oluga, representing Ayedaade, Isokan, Irewole federal constituency. is chairman, house committee on women in parliament.
Oluga said the bill proposes at least a seat be reserved for a female senator int each of Nigeria’s 36 states.
Oluga stated this on Thursday, when she hosted the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) in Abuja.
“What we are proposing in the bill is to have at least a senator from every state; it can be two out of the three,” Oluga said.
“It is not just because the females want to occupy positions, we want to complement efforts of the men; we are not in competition, just to complement them,” said Oluga.
“We know we have women who are intelligent and are capable in this country.”
“We have females who have the ability (and) they have demonstrated the ability.”
“We are just 12 in this ninth house but the house recognises that our contributions on the floor cannot be swept under the carpet.
“My own personal opinion is to have 360 members (of the house) divided by two; how we are going to do it, let the political parties and the INEC cooperate and let everyone be on the same page and make it a reality.
“If you cannot do that, in 2023, give us the 35 percent affirmative action, and that is what we are doing in collaboration with all stakeholders,” she said.
Of Nigeria’s 469 federal lawmakers currently, only 19 are females.