The federal government has called for establishment of youth parliament in all states of the federation to serve as a training ground for youths of the country in leadership affairs.
Speaking during international youth week celebration in Keffi, Nasarawa state yesterday, Minister of Youth Development, Inuwa Abdulkadir said there is need to institutionalize youth parliament as part of leadership training process.
“We have institutionalised the youth parliament at the federal level in Nigeria and I am aware that some few states have replicated this. Permit me to reiterate the urgent need for all states to establish their youth parliament to serve as a training ground for our young people to learn the basic tenets of democracy, legislative processes and procedures as well as build their leadership capacity,” the minister said.
Speaking on the topic of this year’s celebration, ‘building a better world: partnering with young people’ Abdulkadir said the ministry will continue to strengthen all efforts geared towards promoting the inclusion and participation of the youth in the process of decision making, policy formulation and implementation adding that “government is aware of crucial role of young people to the stability of the polity and socio-economic development of the country.”
In his good will message, Chairman Transition Committee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Com. James A. Adewale, urged Nigerian leaders on the need to involve youth in leadership role and issues that concerns them saying such will make them part of the solution to the challenges confronting the nation. He also called for diversification of the country’s economy.