NAWOJ hails Gov. Wike for affirming women’s rights to inheritance
By Chris Ezeonoh, Port Harcourt
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Rivers State Chapter has commended the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike for signing “The Rivers State Prohibition of The Curtailment of Women’s Right to Share in Family Property Law No. 2 of 2022”.
The Law follows the bill passed by the State House of Assembly to that effect, now empowering women to share from the inheritance left by their fathers.
The Law was among the three signed by Governor Wike on Thursday in Government House, Port Harcourt. The other two were “Rivers State Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Law No. 3 of 2022”, and “The Rivers State Pension Reform (amendment) Law No. 4 of 2022”.
In a statement on Friday signed by Susan Serekara-Nwikhana, Chairperson and Dr Ngozi Anosike, Secretary, NAWOJ, also commended Governor Wike for highlighting the importance of the law to the development of the State, saying it would enable women to actualize their potentials.
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Expressing happiness that women in the state would henceforth be allowed by law to inherit from their father’s property, NAWOJ wondered why most cultures do not encourage what engenders growth among women in our society.
“The association described the situation as a new dawn in the state and thanked Governor Wike for frequently creating enabling environment for women in the state to grow and occupy leadership positions.
“Rivers NAWOJ further expressed delight that female children, who in most times are more useful members of the society in comparison to most male children, will no longer be deprived of sharing in the inheritance of their families and promised to educate women in the rural areas on their rights to inherit what belongs to their fathers,” the statement added.
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