The Senate is on the move for a constitution amendment bill which prescribes Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification required to contest the office of the Nigerian President or state governors.
The Senate, on Thursday, passed for second reading the bill sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang, also prescribes National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers, The PUNCH reports.
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.
The bill seeks to increase the minimum qualification for the office of the President, Governors and member of the National Assembly from o at least School Certificate level or its equivalent at least a National Diploma level or its equivalent.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Committee on Constitution Review after the senators passed the proposed amendment for second reading.