Group Harps On 30 % Affirmative Youth Representation In Government
If the federal government hopes to make any impact in governance and help the nation progress, then she must take notice of her capable young people and give them an affirmative representation of 30 per cent, as the nation’s young people will not expect any less.
This position was made known by the People’s Democratic Party’s Youth Frontier (PDPNYF), in a communiqué it issued after its national executive council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, yesterday.
According to the communiqué, the nation’s young people have long waited in the flanks and are now ready to take up their rightful place in the polity.
The national coordinator of the group, Austin Usman Okai, who spoke to Daily Times exclusively, pointed out that the nation is almost overdue, as far as having young people at the helm of the nation’s affairs in some aspects.
“Some of our past leaders have said the nation’s young people do not have the requisite experience to lead the nation in any aspect. But how can these young people get experience when no one is ready to mentor or give them the opportunity to grow? The nation’s young people are grateful for the opportunity to serve, but we need 30 per cent representation across board. For a nation whose population is made up mostly of young people, is that too much to ask?” Okai asked rhetorically.
He praised the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan at giving young people a chance in his government, but urged the president to give the youth more voice and make his “government have a stronger youth base.”