By Damilola Adeniran
OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, has expressed readiness on the part of the legislature to pass the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill.’
The bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly as part of the ongoing constitutional amendment process, is set to proceed to State Houses of Assembly for voting at that tier of government as required by the Constitution.
The Speaker gave the assurance when he received a delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who paid a courtesy visit to the assembly on Wednesday. The student body came to felicitate with the leader of the assembly who was recently conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree.
The Speaker who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Mathew Okedare, remarked that the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill would provide a platform for young Nigerians to occupy important offices and contribute their quota to national development.
He however admonished the youths to shun vices that could jeopardize their future.
He said: “It is our hope that when the time comes for you to hold offices, your resourcefulness and intelligence will come to bear on the good governance of our people.”
Speaking at the event, the awardee and assembly leader, Hassan Oyeleke, opined that the honorary Doctorate Degree was in recognition of the outstanding performance of the current assembly.
The leader of the student delegation, Comrade Abdulkadri Aliyu, in his speech commended Mr. Oyeleke for promoting the development of education in the state, and described the leader’s achievement as “ground breaking”.