The measure granting women the ability to inherit and own property in their father's family has been signed into law by the governor of the Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.
The governor revealed the development was in “conformity with international best practice” and also intended to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women” in Abia State in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Onyebuchi Ememanka, on Wednesday.
The Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chinedu Orji, sponsored the law known as “The Female Persons Right of Inheritance of Property Law 2022,” which was approved by the House on November 16, 2022.
In the statement, Governor Ikpeazu claimed that treating women like second-class citizens, even within their own families, has turned into an “anchornistic” practice.
Ikpeazu thanked the Abia State Assembly for mustering the bravery to pass the legislation, which he characterized as historic, constructively disruptive, and capable of putting society on the path of equal opportunities and sustainable development.
A bill allowing women to inherit family property was signed into law by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike two months prior to this.