The Senate, on Thursday, passed for second reading, a constitution amendment bill which prescribes Higher National Diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification required for anyone seeking to contest the office of the Nigerian President or state governors.
The bill sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang, also prescribes National Diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers, The PUNCH reports.
The bill seeks to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), and 131 (d).
It will also amend Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) on minimum education qualification for those seeking election into the State Assembly, Governor, National Assembly and office of the President.
The bill seeks the alteration of section 65 (2) (a) of the Constitution which deals with the qualifications for intending members of the National Assembly
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.”
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 Higher National Diploma Level or its equivalent.”
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Committee on Constitution Review after the senators passed the proposed amendment for second reading.
Sanusi: End of nightmare as he arrives Lagos (Photos)
Muhammadu Sanusi II has now put the horrors of the past five days behind him as he landed in Lagos in a private jet at 11.35pm on Friday.
It was a relieving climax for a day that began with the visit of Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Sanusi’s leading the Friday prayer in Awe and his speaking about his dethronement philosophically.
Then came the order from a Federal High Court in Abuja asking his captors to release him immediately.
Muhammadu Sanusi, with El-Rufai leaving Awe
Sanusi, left, bids Governor Sule, middle, goodbye
El-Rufai and Sanusi in Awe on Friday morning
Sanusi’s nightmare began on Monday, when he was suddenly dethroned as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for what his government called ‘insubordination’ to lawful authority.
Before leaving Abuja, Muhammadu Sanusi offers prayer
Muhammadu Sanusi prays, 3rd left is El-Rufai who saw the emir off
Moments after the police and the DSS operatives stormed the palace to drive him, first by flying to Abuja and then by road on a seven hour gruelling journey to Loko, a town on the banks of Benue River in the central state of Nasarawa. They had rejected Sanusi’s appeal to let him go to Lagos.
The security agents, ignorant of the Nigerian constitution said the emir was banished to Loko, based on a colonial law. But the following day, the Emir was moved to Awe, in the same state, on the intervention of Nasarawa governor Abdullahi Sule and the Emir of Lafia, Sidi Bage.
Sanusi’s lawyers went to court on Friday and got an exparte order to free him from his abductors.
He is now in Lagos, where he attended secondary school as a youngster, graduating in 1977 and returned later to spend decades in the banking sector before his appointment as Central Bank Governor in 2009.
He became the emir in 2014.
“We’ve finally arrived in Lagos, In Shaa Allah this drama is behind us now”, tweeted Ashraf Sanusi, one of the emir’s children.
Ashraf also thanked the people of Awe for hosting his dad since Tuesday:
The people of Nassarawa have been so kind to us, we are thankful for such amazing supporters, the support, love and respect for HH is amazing here. Do not let people make you believe this good man is hated. May Allah bless you all.2,3015:03 PM – Mar 13, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy502 people are talking ab
Sanusi regains freedom, departs Awe with Gov. El-Rufai
The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has departed Awe in Nasarawa State with the Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai.
This comes after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing Sanusi from detention.
Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr. Lateef Fagbemi SAN.
The former Emir had on Thursday approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.
He was dethroned over alleged disrespect to the office of the governor and other government agencies. The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano.
Crisis rocked NNPC as 40 top executives proceed on compulsory retirement
Fresh crisis has rocked Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as top 40 executives proceed on compulsory retirement. We gathered that uncertainty currently pervades the NNNPC, following the forceful retirement of 40 top executives in the corporation.
Their retirement has been approved by Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari. Those affected by the retirement, according to Punch Newspaper are group general managers and general managers.
“The one that is raising concern at the corporation is that most all the top management staff from M-3 to M-4 who are due for retirement within a year were asked to leave yesterday (Wednesday).
“About 40 GGMs and GMs were asked to leave, as they were retired by the corporation yesterday (Wednesday). Most of those affected are also not happy because they felt they were not due for retirement. However, they were all asked to leave yesterday and that is raising dust and concern among staff at the corporation.”
“But ask yourself this question, how long will it take the upcoming staff to get to those positions? The system is currently heated up and employees from certain regions of the country are not happy about this. As at this week, the corporation witnessed a massive shakeup. The management had to readjust some prominent positions.
“One of such is the movement of a top chief operating officer from a position that he only assumed last year to another position of COO that is not comparable to his former office.
“Another issue is that in the corporation, we have two categories of subsidiaries, the ones considered as redundant and the ones considered as grade A subsidiaries, such as NAPIMS, NPDC, shipping, NNPC Trading, PPMC.
“Under the present dispensation, one would have expected some form of balancing in terms of postings to these subsidiaries. But as it is right now, most of the positions in these subsidiaries are headed by people from one region of the country.
” If we doing something, we will officially announce it. So let’s just leave it at that,” the source told Punch Newspaper