Not Too Young to Run bill: Youths to meet govs, state as­sem­blies

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

A coali­tion of youth groups has said that it will meet with state gov­er­nors and the 36 states’ as­sem­blies to pass the Not Too Young to Run bill, which was passed by both cham­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, last week.

The coali­tion, com­pris­ing of over 50 groups, said in Abuja yes­ter­day that with the pas­sage of the bill by the fed­eral leg­is­la­ture, the state as­sem­blies should fol­low suit to give the Nige­rian youths the op­por­tu­nity to run for po­lit­i­cal of­fices.

At least 24 state houses of as­sem­bly need to pass the bill be­fore it can scale through for pres­i­den­tial as­sent.

While com­mend­ing the Na­tional As­sem­bly for pass­ing the bill, the youths said at a press con­fer­ence, in Abuja, that young Nige­ri­ans from all walks of life de­serve to have a say in de­ci­sion and pol­icy mak­ing pro­cesses of the coun­try.

Cyn­thia Mba­malu, the co­or­di­na­tor for the coali­tion, said: “Our suc­cess at the na­tional level is a col­lec­tive ef­fort, so for the states, we’re go­ing to adopt the same ap­proach. We have state co­or­di­na­tors that have al­ready com­menced work. We’re also go­ing to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment level on how to en­gage their rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the state as­sem­blies.

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