Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has passed a bill that will allow female children to own properties in their father’s home against the regular tradition in the Igbo land.
The inheritance bill will allow Abia women to inherit and own properties in their father’s family when it passes in the Abia State House of Assembly.
The Female Persons Right of Inheritance of Property Law 2022 is the legal name of the regulation.
Ikpeazu said his administration would continue to support women while applauding the Abia women on their accomplishments
The governor went on to say that when it came to fulfilling its duties to the people of the state, his government would err on the side of reason and common sense, and that even inside families, women would no longer be treated like second-class citizens.
Ikpeazu applauded the state assembly for having the guts to adopt the legislation and stated that the female inheritance bill was the most significant piece of legislation that was approved by the state house.
He went on to say that the bill was historic, constructively disruptive, and capable of leading society toward equality of opportunity and sustainable development.
It used to be customary for female offspring in the Igbo land, of which Abia state is a part, to be excluded from receiving a share of their father’s inheritance. However, the new development will now have female children have a share in their father’s inheritance.
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