By Austin Ochigbo

OrderPaperToday – Last week, the Young Parliamentarians Forum of the National Assembly of Nigeria was in Ghana for an advocacy visit to the Parliament of Ghana to formally set up and inaugurate the Young Parliamentarians Forum of Ghana.

The visit, which was at the request of the Parliament of Ghana, was also to provide technical support and spread the word about youth inclusion in politics and political decision-making.

On the delegation were Raphael Nnanna (PDP, Imo), and Kolawole Babatunde (APC, Ondo) and they were received at the Parliament of Ghana by the First Deputy Speaker – Parliament of Ghana – Mr. Joseph Osei-Owusu.

Nigeria’s young parliamentarians have indeed made themselves proud by the success of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill which has been passed by the National Assembly and awaiting passage at the states houses of assembly to effect a constitutional amendment.

The Young Parliamentarians Forum was set to boost the participation of young people in parliaments and to help ensure young Member Parliaments play a full part in the work of parliament.

Although young people make up the majority of the world’s population, fewer than 2 percent of all Member Parliaments are under the age of 30. It is believed that democracies are stronger if parliaments are representative of all groups and voices in society.

The Forum also makes sure the voices of youths are heard in global political decision-making both through greater participation of young Members of Parliaments, and through formal inputs into outcomes.


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