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House reps seek legal backing for National Youth Policy

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The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to seek legal backing for its National Youth Policy.

The House Committee on Youth Development made the call after a two-day retreat  in Lagos.

The Federal Government created the National Youth Policy to make entrepreneurship and empowerment programmes create more impact.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, while speaking at the Student Entrepreneurship Activity Hub National Competition in November 2019 said the policy was in line with the mandate of the ministry to correct the misunderstanding of the needs of the youths.

The House committee in a communiqué after the retreat, said  national development and integration was predicated on the youths.

The communiqué read, “Against all odds, Nigerian youths are making very useful contributions to national development. With this in mind, the committee will henceforth deploy its legislative powers and functions to ensure that all national development programmes, policies and projects accord priority to issues of youth development.

“There is no legislative framework for the implementation of the new National Youth Policy 2019. Therefore, the committee will take legislative action to provide a legal framework for youth development to quicken the implementation of the new national youth policy.

“Through legislation and oversight, the committee will ensure the constitution of the National Youth Development Council, National Council on Youth Development as well as promote legislation focused on the Strategic Thrusts and Policy Benchmarks of the National Youth Policy 2019.”

While noting the progress achieved through the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ law, the committee said there was  an urgent need to ensure  the  inclusion of  the youths in electoral and political processes to aid social transformation and national development.

“To this end, the committee will leverage the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act to advocate for amendments that guarantee the political inclusion of Nigerian youths.”

“Particularly, the committee may propose legislation for further reduction in the age requirement for the positions of governorship and membership of the Senate, which were not reduced in the previous constitution review process amendment,” the communique further said.

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