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The National Assembly has tasked Nigeria’s Youth to activate the Not Too Young To Run Act, stating that they should compete for power and not just clamour for it during the 2023 general elections.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Youth Development, Adeyemi Adaramodu gave the charge on behalf of the Federal Parliament at a policy dialogue on the Not Too Young To Run Act, and manifestos of political parties.

At the event organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) on Monday in Abuja, Adaramodu stated that the Not Too Young To Run Act will only remain a law on paper if not activated by the youth.

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“The Youth should not expect elders in position of authority today to teach them how to unseat them or relinquish power to them voluntarily.

They need to get involved in community development at the grassroots and use their population to change the narrative in the political space,” he added.

He further stated that poverty of integrity is a problem the youths need to get over and not that of the pocket.

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The lawmaker gave an example of himself becoming an elected local government Chairman in Ondo State in the 1980s at the age of 29 without parental influence or resources.

Adaramodu also charged the youth to as a matter of strategy, move en-masse into any of the smaller political parties for actualisation of their aspirations, if the space is not given to the youths within the two major political parties.

Also speaking at the event, the country representative of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Adebowale Olorunmola stated that youth Participation and inclusion in democratic governance is very necessary for Nigeria as a way of improving her not too good records in that respect.

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“Global index on youth and women participation in governance in Nigeria is very poor as it ranks 128 out of 153 countries sampled in the world and 27 out of 53 countries sampled in Africa,” he said.

Earlier, NILDS raised some questions on way out of hinderances of youths from the political process in Nigeria.

These include: “What factors are responsible for the poor participation of youth in the political process? 

To what extent do the structure, programmes, and manifestoes of political parties support youth engagement and participation? 

Is the enactment of the ” Not – Too – Young – to – Run Act 2018, sufficient to boost youth participation and representation in the political process?”

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