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17 UNDER-30 TO OCCUPY STATE ASSEMBLY nassnewsng.com Adeboye Omoboye

17 UNDER-30 TO OCCUPY STATE ASSEMBLY

 

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Adeboye Omoboye

-“Today, 340 days after the signing of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run law, we have 17 under-30 years who won their election into their respective state houses of assembly.

“Today, out of the 991 seats in the state houses of assembly, over 200 will be occupied by young elected lawmakers.

 

Dogara had said that the leadership of the ninth National Assembly should be allowed to emerge from elected parliamentarians. The Speaker said on Monday, April 8, that any leadership that is forced on the National Assembly would fail.

 

He urged them to practice an all-inclusive politics because politics meant reaching out to all and not to lose sight of the long-term goal of representing their people, state and country.

Earlier, Cynthia Mbamalu, one of the conveners of the Not-Young-To-Run Movement, said after Not-Young-To-Run Bill became law, youths vied for elective positions en masse.

Mbamalu said that in the 2019 elections, 41.8 per cent of youths contested for seats in the State Houses of Assembly and 27.4 per cent for the House of Representatives.

 

“Today, 340 days after the signing of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run law, we have 17 under-30 years who won their election into their respective state houses of assembly.

“Today, out of the 991 seats in the state houses of assembly, over 200 will be occupied by young elected lawmakers.

“This is our democracy taking shape, because we cannot talk about democracy without inclusion; this is progress made for youth, for Nigeria, and this is hope which we hold on to.’’

Mbamalu, however, decried the dearth of females in elected positions and urged the young parliamentarians to change the narrative with legislature to empower women.

She said that Convergence 2.0 was about working together to set a legislative agenda that was people-driven that promoted inclusion and the indices that enabled sustainable development.

She said that it was also about building a strong network of committed young lawmakers who supported each other and spoke truth to power and encouraged accountable leadership, providing that alternative that served as a model for leadership.

 

He noted that a situation where leadership is forced and literally driven down the throat of elected members had never endured in the National Assembly.