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Gbajabiamila Alleged That The School Certificate Requirement For Political Office Is Insufficient

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Gbajabiamila Alleged That The School Certificate Requirement For Political Office Is Insufficient
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, believes that the current constitutional provision limiting the educational qualification for elective offices to a secondary school certificate should be amended.

The Speaker made the remark on Monday at the University of Lagos 52nd Convocation while delivering a paper titled Building Back Better: Adopting A New Framework For Tertiary Education In Nigeria In The Twenty-First Century.

I also believe that the National Assembly should look into Section 131 (d) of the 1999 constitution in order to raise the minimum educational requirement for future Presidents of Nigeria and other top offices, including the National Assembly, from the current minimum requirement of a Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent.
As stated by Gbajabiamila.

We should raise the minimum educational requirement in the same way that we have reduced the age for running for those positions.
It will be a further step toward reforming our electoral system and providing strong leadership to the country.

The foundations of Nigeria's educational system, according to the Speaker, are still rooted in a different era.

The current educational system, according to the Speaker, is designed to meet the social, economic, and labor demands of a different societal and economic model, which does not meet current needs.

Gbajabiamila lamented the fact that, despite global change, Nigeria has not done enough in government, academia, and society to adapt its education and skills acquisition systems to meet these new realities.

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