Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, on Tuesday said electronic voting would be possible in 2015 if the National Assembly includes it in the current constitutional amendment, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Jega said this in Nsukka on Tuesday at the 2012 National Conference of the Institute of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with the theme: ‘Development and Entrepreneurial Education’.
According to him, unless there is a constitution amendment, electronic voting cannot be adopted for the 2015 general elections.
He said, “INEC is a law abiding commission and will not do anything that is not recognised by the constitution.
“The commission will sensitise the citizens to its usage as soon as it has been included in the constitution. INEC will continue to use modern technology to reduce electoral fraud during elections.
“The voter cards for 2015 have been computerised so that machine card readers will be used to authenticate voter card ownership during election.”
Jega said entrepreneurial education would play a vital role in reducing unemployment as well as make graduates job-creators instead of job seekers.
The INEC boss said, “The introduction of entrepreneurship in the country’s education curriculum is a welcome development. To achieve the objective, there must be training and retraining of teachers so that the desired objective will be achieved.
“Entrepreneurial education will be meaningless if those who acquire the skill are not patriotic and disciplined in their chosen careers.
“Workers of educational institutions must show seriousness in the discharge of their duties if the education transformation will be achieved.”
He urged the government to ensure adequate funding of the education sector and meet the welfare of stakeholders.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bartho Okolo, represented by Prof. Isaac Asuzu, said entrepreneurial education, if effectively implemented, would make graduates self reliant.
He said, “It has become imperative to include entrepreneurial education in the curriculum so as to reduce the magnitude of unemployment in the country.
“I urge the conference participants to come out with a framework on how to successfully implement entrepreneurial education.’’
Prof. Musa Balarabe of the Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, appreciated the inclusion of entrepreneurial education in the system but said the education sector must be well funded.