On Thursday, December 12, the House of Reps passed through second reading a bill; to make free education from primary to junior secondary school a right.
The new bill seeks to alter the 1999 constitution to mandate government to provide free basic education for all.
The bill sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila was passed through second reading at the House of Reps.
According to the synopsis of the bill, the bill will amend Section 18; by substituting the entire sub-section 3 thereof with a new sub-section 3 as follows: “Government shall strive to eradicate illiteracy in Nigeria.”
A new section 45 as follows will be created, which will read: “Free, Compulsory And Universal Basic Education
“(1) Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to free, compulsory and universal basic education; and every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education to every child; from primary to junior secondary school.
“(2) It shall be the duty of every parent to ensure; that his child or ward attends and completes his primary and junior secondary school education by endeavouring; to send the child to primary and junior secondary schools.
“(3) Every stakeholder in education shall ensure that; every parent or person who has the care and custody of a child performs the duty imposed on him under section 45 of this Constitution.”
The bill was referred to the committee on constitution amendment for further legislative action.
Meanwhile, the House of Reps has commenced an inquest into the degradation at the Apapa as well as Tin Can Island Ports in Lagos; leading to the loss of N600bn revenue monthly.
The House of Reps further urged the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA); and other relevant Federal Government agencies to fix the quay and terminals in a bid to save the ports.
Furthermore, the Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation was given a mandate; to “immediately convene a stakeholders’ consultative meeting; to find a lasting solution to the gridlock on the Apapa, as well as, Tin Can Island access road.”
This issue was based on a motion sponsored by Mr Benjamin Bem at the plenary on Wednesday, December 11.