Representatives set to make university degree compulsory for presidential candidates and others – The Whistler Nigeria


The House of Representatives on Tuesday began the process of amending the constitution to raise the level of education required for election to the post of president.

The bill sponsored by Mr. Adewunmi Onanuga, an Ogun State legislator, passed its second reading at the plenum on Tuesday.

If passed, it will also increase the minimum academic qualification for election as governor, federal legislator and state legislator.

Sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the 1999 constitution provide that a person shall be qualified to be elected to the office of president, governor and federal legislator if he “has been educated at least to the level of the certificate school or its equivalent.

Seeking alteration and amendment, which has long been the subject of national discourse, the bill proposes a qualification of at least “university level or its equivalent”.

Defending the bill during Tuesday’s plenary, Onanuga said increasing the minimum education requirement for these political offices will better prepare candidates for the upcoming office.

“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,” he said. she declared.

She explained that “As we have started to see, the race for elective positions nationally and nationally has become increasingly competitive. Although 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.

“If a CEO who holds an equally strategic position in a company in this country cannot be employed without a university degree or its equivalent, why should the above political offices be held by people without a university degree or its equivalent? ?

“We all know that after a college degree or its equivalent in this country comes the mandatory National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), without which it would be difficult to get a job, especially in the public sector.

“Invariably, by leaving the qualification for these political offices to remain at the school certificate level, we imply that the NYSC is not a requirement for holding political office, but it is a requirement for obtaining employment in the public sector. .

“Otherwise, how do you value education if I tell my son who wants to be a doctor that he needs a college degree or its equivalent to achieve his dream and then tell my daughter who wants to be president one day that she only needs a school certificate? »

According to her, the bill, once passed, will improve the quality of leadership in the country.

The lawmaker told her colleagues that studying up to university level would give a candidate the knowledge, skills and preparation that cannot be obtained at school certificate level.

The bill passed unanimously when put to a vote without debate by Idris Wase, Deputy Speaker of the House.


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