#NotTooYoungToRun: We’ll ensure youths are included in leadership, politics — Dogara

By Factnews on 18/05/2017

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Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, says the House is committed to passing the #NotTooYoungToRun# bill to lower the age requirements for elective offices to ensure youth inclusion in politics.

Dogara made this known while addressing the plenary session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said: “We committed ourselves in our legislative agenda to give priority to ‘necessary legislative interventions to promote equality and inclusion, and entrench the rights of women, youths and vulnerable groups in the society.”

According to him, the # NotTooYoungToRun# bill seeks to alter sections 65, 106, 131 and 177 of the Constitution. It is aimed at  reducing the age of eligibility for elective offices across board, and introduce independent candidacy to the electoral process.

This implies that if the amendment scales through, the minimum age of eligibility for the elective  offices will be modified such that Presidency from 40 to 30 years, governor – 35 to 30 years, Senate – 35 to 30 years, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly – 30 to 25 years.

The Speaker maintained that a major challenge afflicting Nigeria’s youth population was unemployment, and as “your elected representatives, this gives us nightmares.

“It is also my strong view that creativity and innovation are critical elements in engendering economic growth and development. Indeed,  the world is open for the youths to excel, especially in the area of technological development. Nigerian youths can compete strongly in the technological field in the new world economy. We only need better technological education, funding and exposure to best practices.



Posted on May, 18 2017

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