#NotTooYoungToRun: Bill to include young Nigerians in governance passes second reading

A bill seeking to include youths of not less than 35 years in governance on Tuesday 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 that plans were underway for a national youth summit, which would provide a platform for young people to make contributions to the Constitution amendment. He said 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.

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