The Senate, on Thursday, passed for second reading, a constitution amendment bill which prescribes Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification required for anyone seeking to contest the office of the Nigerian President or state governors.
The bill was sponsored by a member of opposition Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang. Parts of the bill also prescribes National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers.
Currently, academic qualifications for any political post in Nigeria is limited to a minimum of a Senior School Leaving Certificate. The bill seeks to change that to reflect Nigeria’s advancement in education.
The bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), and 131 (d).
It will also amend Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) on minimum education qualification for those seeking election into the State Assembly, Governor, National Assembly and office of the President.