Dogara Canvases Youths Inclusion In Governance

 Dogara Canvases Youths Inclusion In Governance

080615F-Yakubu-DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has advocated the inclusion of youths in public decision making and economic developmental activities.

Speaking at the second annual conference of Young Parliamentarians Forum at the National Assembly, Dogara explained that involving young people in governance offers important opportunities for strengthening their political presence and enlightenment and also developing their economic capacities.
He stressed that a balance of both young and old is very necessary for a successful democracy, explaining that while younger people are often endowed with radicalism and aggression, older persons will bring experience that would ensure stability and diplomacy.
Dogara further declared that the political and economic inclusion of young people is basic to the success of any government, especially in Nigeria and Africa where over 60 per cent population is made up of young people, stressing that, “anything short of this will amount to excluding the political majority in the mainstream of socio-economic and political affairs of the country.”
He further stated that it was in this vein that the House of Representatives passed two important Bills through Second Reading, namely, HB 544 and HB 556.
The Speaker, however, tasked civil societies and advocacy organisations to intensify enlightenment campaigns on the bills to avoid a re-occurrence of the defeat suffered by the proposal to reduce age for qualifying to contest for elective office in the 7th Assembly when 306 voted against it and only 50 voted in favour.


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