The Coordinator of the Bayelsa State chapter of the ”Not Too Young To Run” movement, has enjoined the State House of Assembly, to endorse a bill of same title, which has been presented before it, as in all other states in the country, last year.
Miss Tare Amananaghan, the group leader, stated this during an in-house meeting with representatives of civil society groups in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
She explained that, 24 out of the 36 states Houses of Assembly need to vote affirmatively, for the bill to become law.
She added that 21 states have already done so, and are only currently waiting for the assent of the state governors.
Amananaghan said, “Section 9 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as a constitutional amendment, requires approval by at least 24 state Houses of Assembly to make the bill legitimate and accepted.
“An affirmative vote for the bill will be another historic step to secure the future of our youths and indeed the next generation, and our dear Bayelsa State cannot afford to be left out.
According to her, states that have passed this bill are Ondo, Anambra, Kwara, Benue, Nasarawa and Borno state.
Others are Delta, Enugu, Ekiti, Katsina, Ogun, Niger and Abia state.
Meanwhile, a former member of the Edo State House of Assembly (ESHA), who is currently the Executive Director of Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Hon. (Sir) Michael Ezomo, while addressing journalists in Bomadi, Bayelsa state yesterday, has said that the future of Nigeria, lies in the hands of today’s youths, while also calling on the elders to set the right pace for youths to build on.
Ezomo said, youths should take on the responsibility to realize what they have to give to the country, by coming out with an agenda.
He opined that, youths should pull themselves together and make amends, so that the older ones would take the backseat and play advisory roles.