The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed the Rivers State Prohibition of the Curtailment of the Rights of Women to Share in Family Property Bill 2022 and the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots Bill 2022.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani DSSRS KSC, said it is important to pass bills that are implementable, adding that as democrats there is a need to ensure justice, equity, and fairness.
He also added that the House has taken several steps to protect the rights of women as the government will always stand to defend women.
Reacting to the passage of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots Bill, 2022, the Speaker said the right to life is important as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Meanwhile, Rivers State Climate Change Bill, 2022 was read a second time and referred to House Committee on Environment.
Also, Heritage Preservation Agency Bill 2022 was presented on the floor of the House for consideration.
Recall that the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, DSSRS, KSC had reiterated the 9th Assembly’s commitment in recognition of the rights of women in Nigeria.
The Speaker gave this assurance while addressing members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) who paid a solidarity visit to the State House of Assembly in commemoration of international Women’s Day in Port Harcourt.
He said the Rivers State House of Assembly has carried out several measures to support the course of women in the society.
Ibani noted that the state House of Assembly will continue to stand solidly behind the gender equality bill, adding that women should be given opportunity to occupy sensitive positions.
He added that the administration of Gov Nyesom Wike is gender sensitive and very friendly.
Earlier, the Chairman of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ) Rivers State Chapter, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana said they visited the Assembly to register their displeasure over the neglect of women.
She appealed to the Rt. Hon Speaker, to help convey their grievances to the National Assembly for the bill on gender equality to be reconsidered.