Speaker wants deliberate effort to make Children, Youth desired leaders of Tomorrow.
Written by News Room on November 21, 2021
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says deliberate efforts must be made to prepare the children and youth of Nigeria to become the desired leaders of tomorrow.
He stated that such efforts must include involving them in governance and expanding the democratic space to accommodate many young people.
Gbajabiamila, made the remarks at the National Children’s Dialogue on Saturday in Abuja to mark the 2021 Universal Children’s Day, explained that this was the reason he led an amendment to the Electoral Bill, 2021 for the use of direct primaries by political parties as a method of choosing candidates for elective offices.
Speaking at the dialogue with the theme: The Nigerian Child and the National Unity Project, he stated that with direct primaries, a youth with leadership qualities has equal chances of becoming a candidate for an elective office just like any other person.
He explained that the position in the 9th House of Representatives is that everyone must have equal opportunities to participate in governance and the democratic process, such that a young man with bold ideas can come out to vie for any position or office.