At the plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House reconsidered its position on three bills rejected during the Constitutional amendment voting last week. The three bills are those on citizenship (men married to Nigerian women can apply for Nigeria’s citizenship); indigene-ship (women can become indigenes of their state of marriage after a specified period); and 35% affirmative action for women in political party administration.
The Speaker said the decision taken is for the good of the country.
The House suspended its rule to accommodate this consideration and later, through voice voting, resolved that the 3 bills be re-presented during the further Constitutional amendment proceedings which will come up in about 4 weeks.
Female lawmakers were seen jubilating and commending the Speaker for the positive step.