2023: presidential seat open only to university degree holders? The APC representative speaks

  • The House of Representatives considers a bill to improve educational qualifications for election to key positions in the country
  • The bill sponsored by an Ogun State legislator, Adewunmi Onanuga, has just passed its second reading in today’s plenum
  • In the meantime, the bill which has not been debated aims to amend articles 65, 106, 131 and 171 of the 1999 Constitution

Abuja– A bill to raise the level of education required for election to the office of president passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The cable reports that the constitution amendment bill, which passed first reading last Tuesday, also seeks to increase the minimum academic qualification for election as governor, state and federal legislator.

Speaking from the house floor during the Tuesday, February 8 plenary, Onanuga said increasing the minimum education requirement for these political positions will better prepare candidates for the work ahead.

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The bill also seeks to increase the qualification of a governor, state, and federal legislator. Photo credit: House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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But the new bill which is sponsored by Adewunmi Onanuga, an APC legislator from Ogun State, aims to raise the qualification to at least a university level or its equivalent.

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She said:

“This is not a bill to stifle the interest of Nigerians in politics, rather it is a bill that will help Nigerians prepare themselves sufficiently for the mammoth task of political leadership.”

“As we have begun to see, the race for elected office at the state and national levels has become increasingly competitive. While this is a good principle of universal suffrage, it can also be counterproductive if people who are not sufficiently prepared educationally gain access to these elective offices.”

The lawmaker said the bill, once passed, will affect the quality of candidates running for office in the country.

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She added that studying up to university level would give the candidate the knowledge, skills and preparation that cannot be acquired at the school certificate level.

The bill, which was not debated, passed unanimously when put to the vote by Idris Wase, deputy speaker of the house.

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Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had urged both chambers of the National Assembly to harmonize and expedite the passage of the amended electoral bill.

According to the electoral body, the rapid adoption of the bill is necessary, in order to provide it with a framework to organize its activities before the general elections of 2023, reports Leadership.

National Information and Voter Education Commissioner (IVEC) Barr. Festus Okoye, made the call in Asaba, Delta State during a two-day capacity building workshop for Voter Education and Publicity Officers (VEPs) and Business Officers from the INEC of the 17 southern states of Nigeria.

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Earlier, Lawan said the National Assembly had done nothing wrong to adjust the 2022 budget.

Lawan said this while answering correspondents’ question on President Buhari’s reservations on the adjustment by lawmakers in the budget.

He noted that the legislature does not have to agree with the president on every issue, adding that the most important thing is that Buhari is satisfied with the outcome of the work done.

Source: Legit.ng


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