Youth Inclusiveness in Governance Crucial – Saraki
Dr Saraki and his lower chamber counterpart at the youth conference
London, September 29, 2017 (AltAfrika)-The President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, is convinced that the recent vote by members of the upper chambers to allow younger Nigerians to seek elective posts and partake in leadership is crucial to good governance and economic development of the country.
In a session on July 26, Nigerian senior parliamentarians in a unanimous decision voted to lower the age limit for contesting for elections for the offices of president and state governors to 40 and 35 years respectively. Prior to this vote , the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan, at 53 was Nigeria’s youngest president since 1999, the start of the current democratic era
Dr Saraki who was addressing the first African regional conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU-Young Parliamentarian forum, held at National Assembly Complex, Abuja Nigerian seat of power said “Part of our institutional support to youth inclusiveness in politics reflected in the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) by providing funds and offices for their operation, a step by NASS to prepare youth for future leadership in the country”
Dr Saraki said the National Assembly’s resolution was to optimally exploit the initiatives and positive energies of the youth to achieve global peace. He, however, lamented the finding in the Africa Development Bank’s survey that over 25 per cent of African youth are illiterate, and called for measures to redress the situation
The conference was organised to bring together young parliamentarians across Africa to address global issues collectively