Group appeals to Anambra Assembly to pass Not-Too-Young-to –Run bill

www.odogwublog.com reports that Anambra state chapter of the  Youth Take-Over 2019 Movement, a Non Governmental Organisation, has appealed to the state House of Assembly and its leadership to assent to the Not too Young to run bill transmitted to it since December last year by the National Assembly for passage.
Not Too Young to run bill is one of the fifteen (15) constitutional amendment bills transmitted to the 36 states Houses of Assembly for passage and out of which, twenty one (21) states have assented to the bill except Anambra Assembly and fifteen (15) other states.
Expressing disappointment on the delay by the  state lawmakers to assent to the bill, Youth Take-Over Movement in a three paged statement issued yesterday at Awka, regretted that late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu whose party, APGA controls the machineries of the state, became the leader of the Eastern Region at the age of 33, wondering why Governor Obiano has not used his relationship with the lawmakers to ensure urgent passage of the bill despite his youth friendly image in the state.
The group in the statement signed by the state Coordinator, Comrade Chris Ofodile and secretary, Emeka Ral also expressed worry that Nigerian youths are shielded from the corridors of political power, hence their involvement in thugerry and violence.
It reads in part: “…Many reasons can be adduced for our sad trajectory. Chief among them, however is the conscious isolation of the Nigerian youths from the corridors of power. You may recall that ninety percent, if not more of our leaders at independence were youths. The likes of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Alhaji Tafawa Balewa were at their youthful best, thereby employing their dynamism, energy and zeal in the course of building a viable Nigeria.
“It is alarming that when Nigerian youths record outstanding achievements in all areas of life to the admiration of the global community, they are shut out of political space where they are engaged by the traditional political elites as moblisers, Personal Assistants,  and sometimes, instrument of electoral malpractice. It is the desire of youth Take Over 2019 Movement to put a stop to this. Never again shall Nigerian Youths be used as instrument of destablisation” it stated.
The group however frowned over non conduct of local government election in Anambra state and called on Governor Obiano to begin the process that will lead to the conduct of local government election in the state in no distant time while urging voters who are 18 years and above to utilise the opportunity of the ongoing voter registration exercise and obtain their PVCs, noting that youths will not only vote in 2019 but will also be voted for.
Group appeals to Anambra Assembly to pass Not-Too-Young-to –Run bill Group appeals to Anambra Assembly to pass Not-Too-Young-to –Run bill Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Rating: 5

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