Reps to make B.Sc, HND Minimum Qualifications for Offices of President, Governors.

 Reps to make B.Sc, HND Minimum Qualifications for Offices of President, Governors.

For purposes of proper governance, the House of Representatives is on the verge of enacting a law that would make first degrees in the form of Bachelors of Science/Art, B.SC/B.A or Higher National Diploma, HND, minimum qualifications for election into the offices of Nigeria’s President and governors.
The House is also seeking to make a law that would make justiciable, lack of social infrastructure, such as health facilities, good roads, water, schools, among others, enshrined in chapter two of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) so that citizens can have the right to take government to court in breach of the laws.

To this end, two bills are currently before the House waiting for a debate on the issues soon, having been respectively read for the first time. Essentially, the bills are seeking alterations of the 1999 constitution (as amended) to provide for the new laws. Exclusively obtained by Vanguard, both bills are being sponsored by Ben Rollands Igbakpa representing Ethiope Federal Constituency of Delta State.

While the first bill is titled “A Bill for An Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and for Related Matters/Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Bill, 2020 (Increasing the Minimum Educational Qualification for President and Governors)”, the second one is also captioned “A Bill for An Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and for Related Matters/Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Bill, 2020 (to make chapter 11 of the constitution justiciable.”

The first bill is specifically demanding the alteration of Sections 131 and 177 of the 1999 Constitution. “Section 131 of the Principal Act is altered in subsection (1), paragraph (d) by inserting immediate after the word “at least”, the word “a first degree from a University or Polytechnic or its equivalent “Section 177 of the Principal Act is altered in subsection (1), paragraph (d) by inserting immediately after the word “at least”, the word “a first degree from a University or Polytechnic or its equivalent”, the Bill stated.

Ayomide Oyewole

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