According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, an economist, Dr Ifediora Amobi, has called on Igbo traditional leaders to abolish the customs that forbid women from inheriting their late father’s property.
“Igbo women are very enterprising; they are very energetic…. And one of the reasons I am very passionate towards ensuring their empowerment and upliftment is also because they are constrained by customs. Our culture and our tradition constrains them from really achieving their full potential… Everything, from inheritance to land ownership, our system is very patrimonial. And we have to at least in this day and age be able to relax more of those cultures and those customs. And also appreciate the fact that women are the engine of development especially at the rural level and we should give them all the support and encouragement they require.”
Dr Amobi, who is the Executive Director of African Heritage Institution, Enugu, also said “With the co-operative societies it would be easier to build big cottage industries as well as get credit facilities from financial institutions.”
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