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Alexander Blessing

The bill for an act to amend the Federal Character Commission to give women the option of indegeneship has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill as proposed by Mr.Edward Pwajok during the plenary on Wednesday seeks to address the issue by amending the law which is the principal act to section 2 of the Federal Character Commission law of the Federation, 2004. Mr.pwajok who lead the debate explains that the extent law is discriminatory against women as men indegeneship is never subjected to dispute even if they marry many wives from different ethnic groups. According to the law makers, it is concerned that our culture is patriarchal but democracy and civilization should give married women the option of either choosing the ethnic identity of their husband or father so that they may not loose the benefits in their career or other wise. “Married women have been subjected to psychological trauma on the legal uncertainty of their indigenous identity. They are in a quandary as to whether they are indegenes of their father or husband “. Pwajok said. The law makers cited the recent case of the supreme Court which was delayed in the account of this dilemma. Contributing to the debate Mr Sylvester Ogbaga (PDP Ebonyi) argued that against the amendment of the bill on the ground that in his marriage, the husband and wife agrees to become one.

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