The Nigerian Senate has approved a constitution amendment bill which prescribes Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum educational qualification required for anyone seeking to contest the office of the Nigerian President or state governors.
The bill sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang, which passed for second reading on Thursday, also stipulates National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers.
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 further 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 also seeks to change section 65 (2) (a) of the Constitution which deals with the qualifications for intending members of the National Assembly
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Committee on Constitution Review after the senators passed the proposed amendment for second reading.