By: Ikugbadi Oluwasegun
The speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called for an urgent need to change the minimum educational requirement for public officeholders on Monday.
The speaker made this statement when he was delivering the University of Lagos 52nd convocation lecture titled “Building Back Better: Creating A New Framework For Tertiary Education In Nigeria in the 21st century.”
Honourable Gbajabiamila said the current requirement for elected public servants reflected the old era and not the existing Nigeria.
He said, “I also believe that the time has come for us to agree to review section 131 (d) of the 1999 constitution to increase the minimum educational qualification for persons aspiring to political office in Nigeria.
“The constitution requires a secondary school certificate or equivalent as the minimum academic qualification for high political office.”
“It is time to take another look at that position as part of the ongoing effort to reform our electoral system and establish a fully participatory democracy providing the capable leadership our country needs,” He continued.
Femi Gbajabiamila further stated that the reduction in the age of eligibility for officeholders should be enough reason for a change of the stale educational requirement.
“It will be another step in reforming our electoral system and providing strong leadership for the country. Let us lift our gaze from consideration of small things to focus on the pursuit and achievement of grand ambitions that lift us all and save the future,” He added.