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NGO tasks elite on youth inclusivity in leadership

By Emmanuel Samaila, Yola
25 August 2022   |   2:45 am
Youth Empowerment and Social Development (YESD) has advised the Nigerian elite to include the youth in the country’s political leadership for improved government operations.

[FILES] Youths. Photo/facebook/IAOkowa

Youth Empowerment and Social Development (YESD) has advised the Nigerian elite to include the youth in the country’s political leadership for improved government operations.

Addressing the youth at a sensitisation and mobilisation workshop, yesterday, in Yola, the Executive Director of YES, Mr. Musa Shallangwa, said the creators of the Federal Character principle did not factor in youths.

The programme, The Guardian gathered, is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and State2State for the implementation of Adamawa Inclusive Peace Agenda.

According to him, the Adamawa peace agenda is designed for the inclusion of youths, women, marginalised groups and People With Disabilities (PWDs) in government appointments and job placements.

Shallangwa, who advocated the abolition of Federal Character, indigeneship, religion and ethnicity in the county’s Constitution, pointed out that merit should be the focal point of appointing and recruiting workers.

“What has religion, ethnicity and indigeneship to do with the performances of an individual? Nigeria is not moving forward because we focus on issues that cannot contribute to the development of Nigeria.

“Those stealing our money, don’t they have religion? Does their religion recommend stealing public funds?” he queried.

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