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Reps make a U-turn, rescind votes on rejected gender bills


The House of Representatives has reversed three gender-related bills that failed to pass the ongoing amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, called for a rescission of the votes on the affected bills after lawmakers held an executive, closed-door, session on Tuesday.

While there are five gender bills, those to be revisited are Bill 36 to ‘expand the scope of citizenship by registration;’ Bill 37 to ‘provide for affirmative action for women in political party administration;’ Bill 38 to ‘provide criteria for qualification to become an indigene of a state in Nigeria.’

Gbajabiamila noted that the three bills would be included in the second batch of amendment bills to be considered in four weeks’ time..