Reps approve dual Indigeneship for married women

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved dual indigeneship for married women as of right in Nigeria giving effect to their choices as indigenes of either one or both their state of origin and state of marriage.

This followed the consideration and approval of a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Character Commission (Establishment ETC) Act 2010 CAP F7 Vol 6 which among others seeks to give married women certain rights and privileges in both states of origin and marriage.

 The bill sponsored by Hon. Edward Gyang Pwajok (Plateau, PDP) has far-reaching provisions that gives married women the option of indigeneship in their state of origin and state of marriage; and for related matters.

The lawmaker while debating on the general principles of the proposed amendment noted that married women usually face the dilemma of either choosing their state of origin or state of marriage in official matters.

It would be recalled that the House presided by the Speaker Hon. Yakubu Dogara had considered the bill on March 19,2019 and referred the legislation to the Committee of Whole for further inputs.

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