ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
A Coalition of youth groups committed to the reduction of age criteria to run for elective offices , has expressed dismay over the sudden disappearance of the Bill #NotTooYoungToRun in the ongoing constitution review exercise.
The bill seeks to reduce age criteria for elective positions as contained the the constitution by five years, and pegs the criteria to vie for the post of President to 30years.
The team however accused the Chairman of the special ad-hoc of the Senate on constitutional review and deputy Senate President, Ike Ewerenmadu and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Yussuff Lasun of deliberately sabotaging the Bill.
The strategy team which is a coalition of 81 civil society organisations, in a statement signed by its Coordinator Ibrahim Faruk, threatened to commence a recall process on the committee members.
The Bill sponsored by in the Senate by the Senator representing Adamawa Central senatorial district, Abdul Aziz Nyako and the House, by the member representing Oshodi Isolo II federal constituency of Lagos state, Hon. Tony Nwulu were passed and committed to the special committee on the constitution.
The Coalition noted that the Bill which is the only bill that proposes for youth inclusion government in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Having passed the first and second reading in both Houses in fulfilment of the constitution amendment procedure, the #NotTooYoungRun Bill boosted Nigeria’s image at the international level with the United Nations subsequently adopting the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign as a global campaign and according Nigeria the due recognition in all its engagement on youth rights as human rights proceeding from the global adoption.”
According to the statement, the 8th Assembly rode on the popularity and recognition of the Bill by constantly making reference to it as a major achievement.
“The 8th Assembly has identified with the bill as one of its achievement in the assessment of its second legislative year. Interestingly, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) also selected Nigeria as the host of the 2017 African Youth Conference for Young Parliamentarians scheduled to hold in September 2017,” Farouq stated.
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