Right to education – The Nation Newspaper


The report that 38 percent of Nigerians are illiterates, explains the high rate of crime in our society. The figure was given recently, by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, while asking for support to a bill he sponsored, seeking to make basic education a fundamental right.

If the speaker is interested in making history, instead of a piecemeal restoration of the dignity of fellow Nigerians, he should sponsor a bill to repeal section 6(6)(c) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

While the 1999 constitution is not autochthonous, its provisions on fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy, in chapter II, and that on fundamental rights in chapter IV, where framed in tandem with the Universal Declaration of Rights, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and similar international fundaments on which our claim to common humanity is based. So, if chapter II of the constitution is restored as justiciable right, it would…

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