Nigeria, June 1 -- A bill seeking equal rights for women, men and persons living with disabilities has passed the second reading at the Senate.

Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) sponsored the bill.

The bill was introduced in the Senate in 2021 but was frustrated by some senators who objected that it was against the Islamic perspective and some socio-cultural norms.

The lawmakers agreed that the concerns raised against the bill should be erased before consideration and passage.

Leading debate on the bill at the plenary on Wednesday, Mrs Olujimi said it would create a conducive atmosphere for women and persons with disabilities when it is finally passed.

"The bill seeks to implement section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republi...