Free Basic Education Bill scales Second Reading at House of Reps

Isola Moses

All qualified Nigerian citizens may soon enjoy free basic education in the country, as the Free Basic Education Bill, on December 12, 2019, passed the second reading during plenary of the House of Representatives, in Abuja, the nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The bill is seeking still to amend the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to give legal backing to making free, compulsory and basic education a fundamental human right for all Nigerians.

A Channels TV report says although is unclear if the Constitution allows lawmakers to give directives to law enforcement agencies, the “lawmakers are attempting to amend the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act 2017” to achieve this objective.