The senate may have accepted Higher National Diploma as the minimum qualification for any candidate contesting for the position of president or governor in Nigeria.
The bill that will alter the qualifications of political leaders – National and states Assembly, office of the president and governors in Nigeria – has passed second reading in the senate. The bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), 131 (d), Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) therein, to provide for minimum qualification for election into the National and States Assembly, Office of the President and Governors, and other related matters, 2020” was sponsored by Senator Istifanus Gyang (Plateau North),
According to the bill, anybody seeking the position of Nigerian president must have been educated up to at least HND level or’ its equivalent.” Also, the bill stipulates that any intending members of the House of Assembly and National Assembly must have been educated to at least National Diploma level or its equivalent.
For governorship position, candidates must have a minimum of National Diploma.