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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; music icon, Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia; and Nollywood star, Ini Edo, played roles alongside others notable politicians in a short politics-themed documentary film.
According to the statement issued by the Communication Officer of the National Democratic Institute, Daniel Ukpai, the movie released by the Institute was titled “Crossroads”.
The statement read, “Crossroads is a fascinating narrative of stories that are hardly ever told especially in this part of the world.
“Stories from female Nigerian lawmakers on their political journey, and how their tenure in office contributed to meeting Nigeria’s socio-economic needs.
“In the film, these female lawmakers spoke about the benefits to be derived from increasing the percentage of women in Nigeria’s parliament and why the reward is greater than the cost.
“Stories from Comfort Amwe, the only female member in the Kaduna state House of Assembly; despite winning a seat in a previous election and losing it at the tribunal, she never gave up. Against all odds, she contested in another election, won a tribunal case, and became a member of Kaduna State House of Assembly.
“Hon. Ijeoma started her political journey as a councilor in Enugu state and was recently voted Speaker Enugu South LGA legislative arm in a tight race with other men.
According to the statement, Gbajabiamila restated his commitment to give Nigerian women more seats at the National Assembly.
“Crossroads” has been published on the official YouTube page of Kimpact TV.
The House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review recently recommended the creation of 111 additional legislative seats in the National Assembly solely for women, beginning from the 2023 general election.
The decision was taken at the meeting of the Committee’s meeting with Consultants at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja on January 27 during which amendments to section 48, 49, 71, and 91 which deals with the composition of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and state houses of Assembly to create additional seats for women were adopted.