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Inheritance: Senate proposes equal share for male, female child

October 03
03:38:24 2016
Bill seeking equal share for male and female child in the sharing of inheritance has scaled through second reading at the Senate.
bill seeking equal share for male and female child in the sharing of inheritance has scaled through second reading at the Senate. The bill tagged gender and equal opportunity bill, was rejected in March but it was re-presented by its sponsor, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) and its scaled through second reading last Thursday. A copy of the draft law obtained by our correspondent, specifically stated that women and men shall have the right to inherit, in equitable shares, their parents properties. It also proposed that widows shall not be subjected to inhuman, humiliating or degrading treatment and that a widow is entitled to guardianship and custody of her children, unless it's contrary to the interests and welfare of the children. The draft law added that a widow shall in the exercise of her freedom of choice, have the right to remarry the person of her choice and have right to a fair share in the inheritance of the property of her husband and shall have the right to live in the matrimonial house. In the area of employment/appointment, the draft law mandated that 35 percent of all offices, positions or appointments is reserved for women. "It shall be mandatory for all organs of government, public or private institutions and corporate bodies to ensure that in the case of political and public sphere that a minimum of 35 per cent of all offices, positions or appointments is reserved for women, " the bill stated.

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