Governor Ikpeazu signs law allowing women to inherit property
…Abia NAWOJ lauds action
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ Abia State Council led by Mrs Oluchi Lechi-Ikechukwu, Caretaker Committee Chairperson has appreciated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for granting his assent to the bill which guarantees the right of female persons to inherit and own property in their father’s family.
Briefing our correspondent in Umuahia, Abia State capital, Mrs Lechi-Ikechukwu who carefully observed that Abia state has become one of the first states in Nigeria to have this law fully in place, recalled that the Abia State House of Assembly had passed the bill some weeks ago to bring Abia State in conformity with international best practices in the area of eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
Mrs Lechi-Ikechukwu also appreciated the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu, who has in many occasions, called for stronger enforcement of laws to protect widows from stigma, discrimination, violence and obnoxious widowhood practices, and dispossession of property.
She also observed that Mrs Ikpeazu had in most of her public outings, solicited an increased global action to address the increasing numbers of women who are widowed as a result of communal clashes, religious intolerance, terrorism and even natural causes.
She seized the opportunity to further call on women to claim what is theirs.
Recall also that recently, the Supreme Court held that the Igbo customary law, which disentitles a female child from partaking in the sharing of her deceased father’s estate is breach of Section 42(1) and (2) of the Constitution, a fundamental rights provision guaranteed to every Nigerian.