- Issues affecting Nigerian youths are gradually becoming a front-burner in Nigeria's political conversations
- The House of Representatives committee on youth development is taking the issue serious
- The committee is proposing the declaration of a state of emergency on youth development in Nigeria
In the wake of biting unemployment and poverty affecting youths, the House of Representatives committee on youth development has called for the declaration of a state of emergency on youth development in Nigeria.
In furtherance of this, the committee has also resolved to take legislative actions to resuscitate youth development centres across the country and promote vocational training to encourage youth entrepreneurship in the country.
This was contained in a communique released at the end of a two-day legislative retreat in Lagos recently where the committee reiterated its commitment to fulfilling its mandate of ensuring youth development across the country through legislative actions.
As part of measures to invest more in youth leadership and development, the committee also vowed to take legislative action to provide a legal framework for youth development to fast-track the implementation of the new national youth policy.
Through legislation and oversight, the committee will ensure the constitution of the National Youth Development Council, National Council on Youth Development as well as promote legislation focused on the Strategic Thrusts and Policy Benchmarks of the National Youth Policy 2019.
The committee also recommended an urgent need to ensure the political inclusion of Nigerian youths in electoral and political processes as a catalyst for social transformation and national development.
“To this end, the committee will leverage on the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act to advocate for amendments that guarantee the political inclusion of Nigerian youths,” it reads.
Particularly, the committee may propose legislation for further reduction in the age requirement for the positions of governorship and membership of the Senate which were not reduced in the previous constitution review process amendment.
They also lamented the unemployment and poverty rate saying it remains a huge problem affecting Nigerian youth.
“The committee will intensify its oversight on youth development to promote the social, economic and political inclusion of the young people of Nigeria,” the communique concluded.
Meanwhile, Connected Development (CODE) in partnership with Youth Hub Africa with support from Christian Aid Nigeria on Friday, March 13 launched a nationwide Youth Challenge Fund that will provide grants to young people to deliver innovative solutions to identified challenges in their communities.
Legit.ng gathered that the project seeks to increase youth participation in community development to ensure young people become partners and leaders in society.
The organisers say they are concerned with the marginalization of young people in Nigeria's governance structures.
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