Abia First Lady commends Assembly over female inheritance law

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First Lady of Abia State, Dr Nkechi Ikpeazu has commended the Abia State House of Assembly for its speedy passage of the Female Inheritance Law, a law that guarantees the rights of women to  inherit and hold properties.

In a statement in Umuahia shortly after the news broke, Mrs Ikpeazu said with the passage of HAB 61, the House of Assembly under the leadership of Speaker Right Honourable Chinedu Orji has once again shown outstanding commitment and remarkable public spirit, living upto the expectations of well-meaning Abians.

She said the synergy between the legislators and the executive led by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has produced critical, society-change legislation that included the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Law, the Disability Law, the new Female Inheritance Law and ongoing review of Child Rights Law.

Mrs Ikpeazu who is championing protection of women Children and vulnerable, said the the work done cumulatively has put Abia State on the global map of territories where human rights are getting top priority.

The First Lady said inspite of these critical pieces of legislation, much work still needs to be done, action needed to be taken by stakeholders to ensure Abians reap the full benefit of the laws.

She called on government policymakers, traditional institutions, church institutions, community based organisations, civil society organisations, law enforcement, the judiciary and all stakeholders to work in concert to see that the optimum benefits acrue to every Abian.

Mrs Ikpeazu revealed that the several civil society organisations including Vision Spring Initiatives,  Vicar Hope Foundation and the State Government are currently working on a VAPP Implementation Plan to fasttrack the benefits of the VAPP Law.

The wife of the Governor said she hopes that the new law may receive the assent of the Governor in a few weeks, when the world will be marking the global event tagged 16DAYS of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence adding that the Governor’s assent will be a befitting way to mark the International celebration coming that runs from the 25th of November to the 10th of December.

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