BY AMARA OKOROAFOR
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports has endorsed the ‘Not Too Young To Run” proposed bill which is before the National Assembly (NASS), urging the leadership of the National Assembly to quicken the passage of the bill to facilitate generational paradigm shift. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, gave the endorsement at the Senate Chambers during the Second Sitting of the Third Session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament in Abuja. The Minister was represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Abdulrazak Salau
Dalung appreciated the NASS for the proposed internship programme for the Youth Parliamentarians and efforts to ensure that activities of the Nigerian Youth Parliament are captured as a sub-head in the national budget. He explained that the efforts will strengthen the parliament to achieve more in the areas of regular sittings, effective internship and study visits.
The minister noted that time has come for the Nigerian youth to be given more opportunity to participate in public affairs; saying they
have done very well that “since 2008 when the Nigerian Youth Parliament came into existence, the Parliament has been serving as a
veritable platform for our young people to learn legislative processes, procedures and other tenets of democracy”.
He reiterated the conviction of the present administration that when an enabling environment is created for young people they can excel and reach their full potentials. According to him, “The current Honourable Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Luke Onofiok was the pioneer Speaker of the Youth Parliament as well as Abdullahi Mai-Basira who later became the National Youth Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, while Ahmed Adamu, a former Chief Whip was the pioneer Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council”.
Dalung urged the Parliamentarians to properly use the sitting to deliberate on salient and trending issues affecting young people in
Nigeria as well as admonished them to be good ambassadors of their respective states and representatives of millions of Nigerian youth.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Right Honourable Ayodele Obe reassured that the Parliament is
committed to Nigeria and to the development of Nigeria.
Highlight of the one day sitting of the NYP is the prayer for quick recovery and wellbeing of President Muhammadu Buhari and continued peace and unity of the country and the adoption of the motion commending the National Assembly for its legislative work on the ‘Not too Young to run Bill’ which they argued will enhance more inclusion and participation of youths in public affairs.