WikkiData: Out of 524 Seats in Northern Assemblies, Females Get 18

Across the 19 states in Northern Nigeria, only 18 women will be having plenary sessions with 506 male lawmakers in the state house of assemblies.

For instance, there are no female legislators in the houses of assembly of Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara states. All the seats are dominated by men.

The six northeastern states comprising Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba have a total of 156 lawmakers, producing three female (16.6%) lawmakers of the total 18 seats in the whole northern region.

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Out of 24 seats in the Taraba State House of Assembly, only two female lawmakers made it to the parliament. In Adamawa, It is one female among 24 men. However, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Yobe have no female lawmakers.

Northwest took the bottom of all with two females making it to state assemblies, representing 11.1% of the figure.

Out of the seven states in the region with 214 seats, only Kaduna has two female lawmakers. In contrast, Kano, Zamfara, Jigawa, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states have none.

Meanwhile, northcentral somewhat balanced the equation with 13 females elected into the parliament alongside 141 male counterparts.

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Of 32 members in Benue, two seats are being occupied by females while males grabbed the remaining 30 seats. Nasarawa State House of Assembly has one female lawmaker out of the 24-member assembly, while Kwara and Kogi states have five and two females, respectively.

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There are two female lawmakers in the 24-member Plateau State House of Assembly while Niger State has only one female out of the 27 members.

According to Daily Trust, there are no female legislators in at least 13 of the 36 state houses of assemblies across the country. The three states without a female lawmaker from other regions are Imo, Abia and Osun states.

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And out of the 988 state assembly seats across the 36 states of the federation, only 54 lawmakers are female, representing 5.46 per cent, while 94.53 per cent are male.

The population of females in Nigeria was reported to be 49.47 per cent in 2021, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators. 

Some observers attributed the low participation of women in politics among other factors to culture, religion and financial strength to compete favourably with men.


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