The Nigerian Senate on Thursday passed for second reading an amendment of the constitution allowing Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the least educational requirement for anyone seeking to run for the office of the President or State Governors.

President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, sent the bill to the Committee on Constitution Review after lawmakers passed the proposed amendment for second reading.

The current law, which the bill seeks to amend reads, “A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this section if he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.”

Section 65 (2) (a) has now been rephrased to read “if he has been educated to at least a National Diploma level or its equivalent.”

The bill also seeks the alteration of Section 131 (d) which deals with minimum requirements for anyone running for the office of the governor.

The current Section of the Constitution states that the person must have “been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent”.

Section 131 (d) is now rephrased to read, “He has been educated up to at least HND level or’ its equivalent.”

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For House of Assembly, the bill seeks the alteration of section 106 (c) of the Constitution.

According to the existing law, anyone aspiring to be a member of the House of Assembly must have “been educated up to at least the School Certificate level or its equivalent”.

But Section 106 (c) is now rephrased to read, “If he has been educated up to National diploma level or its equivalent.”

The bill seeks the alteration of section 177 (d) of the Constitution for governors.

As it is currently, the Section states that the person must have “been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent”.

However, Section 177 (d) is now rephrased to read, “If he has been educated up to at least a Higher National Diploma Level or its equivalent.”

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