A Civil Society Organisation, Conscience for Human Rights & Conflict Resolution, CHRCR, has asked political parties to develop viable policies that would motivate Nigerian youths for leadership.
Idris Miliki, the Executive Director of CHRCR, made the call on Thursday in Lokoja, at a one-day Post Governorship Election Review Meeting For Political Parties in Kogi State.
Miliki pointed out the need for improvement in the participation of young persons in government and leadership in Kogi and Nigeria at large.
He lamented the rate at which Nigerian youths have been marginalized in political space, encouraging political parties to develop policies for youth development that target thematic areas.
He stressed that Nigeria needed its youth to engage in the political process, adding that peace, security, citizens’ well-being and partnership were panacea to attaining the SDGs by 2030 and ensuring no one was left behind.
“Despite this huge numbers of young persons, and the presence of the ‘Not Too Young To Run Act’ of the National Assembly, the number of young persons in political leadership position both elective and appointive, is still very low.
“This has led to the discouragement of youth commitment in promoting good governance in Nigeria that can lead to their effective participation,” he said.