Nigeria to open up political house for teenagers in 2019



Cross section of Nigerian youth at a rally
Cross part of Nigerian youth at a rally.

By Prudence Arobani

As the 2019 basic elections draw close to, the Federal Government says it is going to accommodate extra younger individuals within the working of the nation.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, who said this in New York on the Seventh Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum at UN Headquarters, mentioned the youths had been now asking for extra space to take part in governance.

Dalung mentioned: “The ‘Not Too Young to Rule’ regulation in Nigeria is an illustration of the Nigerian nation dedication to open up the political house to accommodate the younger individuals.

“Young individuals at this time are asking: the place is the house for them to precise themselves? They are asking the politicians – the place is the house for his or her participation in governance?

“They are asking the enterprise group – how are you mentoring us to make sure inter-generational transition? They are asking coverage makers – why are you planning our future with out consulting us?

“They are asking the United Nation: when will our space exist for us to participate”.

According to him, the case for pressing, participatory, and inclusive engagement with younger individuals has by no means held as a lot potential for return as now.

According to him, younger individuals, if empowered, both as people or by their organisations or work locations, are productive power that may add optimistic worth to their communities.

He mentioned when a nation leveraged on the numbers of the younger individuals, harness their productiveness, channel their energies and exploit their potential, the nation reaps the dividends.

He known as for a renewed dedication and a spotlight to justice and fairness from developed nations, saying they have to be sure that their relationship with the growing nations are predicated on the ideas of justice.

“They must therefore rise to demonstrate greater social responsibility to tackle unfairness and imbalance over their decades of exploitation of natural and human resources of the developing nations,” he mentioned.

Dalung thanked ECOSOC for its continued partnership with the Ministry by the Economic Commission for Africa, in selling the reason for younger individuals in Nigeria.

“Apart from the numerous capability constructing alternatives supplied to my workers within the final decade, we now have labored variously in the direction of attaining the 5 precedence areas on youth within the Secretary-General’s Five-Year Action Agenda.

“These are: employment and entrepreneurship, education, protection of rights and civic engagement, political inclusion and health, one of the last being the Regional Report on the Status of Youth in Africa.”