Bill to Include Young People in Governance Passes Second Reading in House


A bill seeking to include youths of not less than 35 years in governance yesterday passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The “Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to enhance political inclusion and participation of young people in governance in Nigeria’’ was sponsored by Raphael Igbokwe (PDP-Imo).

According to him, the bill seeks to amend Section 147 of the 1999 Constitution by adding a new sub-section.
Igbokwe said plans were underway for a national youth summit, which would provide a platform for young people to make contributions to the Constitution amendment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that youths constituted 65 per cent of voters in the country and would make meaningful contributions to the constitution amendment process, if given the opportunity.