The International federation of women lawyers FIDA in conjunction with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria MWAN and Nigerian Association of women Journalist NAWOJ in their April Monthly Medical outreach by MWAN and Rights empowerment activities of FIDA at ORO ESARA KINGDOM in Obio/akpor local government area called on chiefs and all Paramount Rulers in Ikwerre land to honor the Supreme court Judgment that allows women to inherit Land by sharing landed properties equally amongst siblings.
The Chairperson of FIDA Anthonia Osademe made the call at the sideline of the monthly sensitization of women’s Right and empowerment at ORO Esara kingdom in Obio/Akpor local government area. While FIDANS took their turns to enlighten the women and men on child rights acts law already in existence in rivers state also pleaded with the gathering to support the Violence Against Persons Act, VAPP BILL which is still pending before state house of Assembly for Domestication of the VAPP law.
She frowned at the persistent refusal by chiefs in Ikwerre land denying widows and Girl child the right to inherit their Husband/father’s properties after the demise of their bread winner. She said this matter is not peculiar to the Oro Esara people alone but its common in Ikwerre land where women are not allowed to own land, even when they are sharing farmland they don’t assign land to women even widows who depend on farming to feed her family. The widows are made to beg for land to farm except where she has a male a child and the male child is allotted land otherwise she has to find means of fending for her children, you can imagine what that means?
I am calling on them to jettison that culture of impunity against women as supreme court in several cases has abolished that law of refusing women inheritance right.
For his part the Paramount Ruler of ORO Esara kingdom, HRM Eze JACOBSON UTCHY thanked the female lawyers for showing interest to enlighten his people. ‘’ he said the community is working to ensure that widows and women are given their rights within the community, he however appealed to women to engage in activities that could bring financial benefits to assist in the family upkeep instead of sitting at home as house wife, he said a lot of women are bad and maltreat their husbands, some even kill the man with juju and some of them are promiscuous. But in all of it I want to enjoin my people to listen to the advice by FIDA, it’s so important that they listen because the laws of the land will be applied in dealing with such people, they can’t say they don’t know any longer. ‘’I also want them (FIDA)to advise women who are in the habit of sending their children to go and cross the Mediterranean Sea to go search for greener pastures to stop forth with and stop pushing their children to cross such dangerous oceans because we had a couple of men come to report to us that their wives have pushed their children out of the country without their consent.