The Senate yesterday 12th March 2020, has passed the bill for the minimum level of education required to become a Governor or the president of the country, where it approved that the Higher National Diploma (HND) as the minimum qualification.
Senate Approves HND As The Minimum Qualification For President Or Governors
HND the new standard—The bill seeks to change the old requirement of a person seeking as such a political position of the Governor or President from just the minimum qualification of having at least School Certificate level or its equivalent. Also, the bill makes the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) as the minimum qualification for anyone contesting for state and federal legislative seats, the bill passed its second reading on Thursday, March 12. The bill was sponsored by Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau State), the Senate President Ahmad Lawan sent the bill to the committee on constitution review after the proposed amendment was effected and passed by the Lawmakers.
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It is expected the bill will alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d), Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) on minimum educational qualification for those seeking election as state or federal lawmakers, as well as governors, president and their deputies.