A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Initiative for Dialogue and Development (IDD), has decried the ratio of young persons in governance in the country, saying it is unjust and anti-development.
The group, in a communiqué at the end of its Assembly in Abuja last Wednesday, said the youth’s, low presence in government was at all levels and described it as unbalanced, non-inclusive and unacceptable.
The communiqué was signed by IDD’s Chairman, Dr Ike Neliaku and Project Coordinator, Youths Exchange, Dialogue Assembly, Ms Ruqayya Ibrahim.
The group said that the assembly, which had “Nigeria Tomorrow’’ as theme, was convened to deepen the democratic process through civic education, citizen engagement, volunteers and youth participation in governance. It demanded a re-structuring in the country targeted at greater inclusion of youths in governance.
It expressed support for the “Not-too-young-to-run” Bill currently before the National Assembly.
“We wish to affirm that `Not-too-Young-to-Run’ is the legislation we seek and `Not-too-Young-to-Lead’ is our advocacy tool for engagement.
“We recognise that youths are in need of requisite skills, information and knowledge to participate in greater numbers in nation-building efforts.
“A `Replacement Generation’ with competitive edge that will make the nation relevant in the 21st Century needs the right platforms for informed decision- making and participation in the political process.’’
The group pointed out that youths as the prime and essential population in Nigeria, would require leadership training, value re-orientation and responsible mentorship from credible, patriotic and visionary leaders in private and public sectors.
It said that Nigerian youths needed steadfastness and commitment to new and inclusive political paradigms and a cross-cultural perspective that sought “unity and not uniformity, working towards one nation under God”.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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