Senate Insists on 16 Years as Requirement for Varsity Admission in Nigeria, Increase to 18 Years Merely Personal Opinions

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The Nigerian Senate has issued clarifications regarding recent discussions concerning the minimum age requirement for admission into tertiary institutions.

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The Senate confirmed that the current age requirement of 16 years remains unchanged and dismissed recent suggestions of raising it to 18 years as personal opinions, not official policy.

Adeyemi Adaramodu, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, emphasized that any adjustments to the age requirement would necessitate legislative action through due process.

Adaramodu clarified in an interview with journalists that remarks made by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, regarding a potential increase in the minimum age limit were not legally binding directives but rather expressions of personal views.

Previously, the Minister of Education had indicated intentions to review and potentially raise the minimum age for admission into tertiary institutions to 18 years.

However, the Senate’s stance reaffirms that the existing age requirement of 16 years remains in effect pending formal legislative changes.

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