For the third time, the senate has rejected Gender Equality Bill sponsored by Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, representing Ekiti State.
The bill was rejected again on Wednesday on the ground that it contradicts the country’s constitution and does not go in line with the religion and tradition of Nigerians.
The incessant rejection, of course has continued to generate discordant tunes, especially from civil society groups who are of the opinion that the senate decision is against the fundamental human rights of women.
However, the President of the Senate has said that the bill could be reintroduced. He said, following the protest of civil society group that although the bill had suffered setback, it could still be amended and re-introduced.
As he put it,“Unfortunately, the bill suffered a slight set back because there were some parts of the bill that some senators disagreed with along the lines of religion and tradition.
“The beauty of democracy is that it gives us the opportunity to consider different opinions and this bill can still be represented and reconsidered on the floor of the Senate.
“I have it on good authority that Sen. Biodun Olujimi, who introduced this bill will reintroduce it after re-drafting it to address some of the reservations that were expressed on the floor of the Senate.
“As I said during the International Women’s Day last week, I am of the opinion that there are substantial parts of the bill that are crucial to the development of our nation.
“Such bills like the Equal Access to Education, Strengthening of the laws on Violence against Women, Ending Abduction of Girls, Sustenance and Promotion of Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender equality are equally important,” he said.