Westminster Foundation seeks more youth participation in governance
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has called for the inclusion of youths in the decision-making process of governance at the local and state level in the country.
WFD Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Adebowale Olorunmola made the call at a two-day meeting with members of the Lagos Youth Parliament, National Youth Parliament and representatives of other youth-focused civil society organisations in Ikeja.
He said, “It is important for the youths to set agenda for inclusion as an instrument to advocate issues affecting youths and engaging with government institutions to advance youth interests.”
Olorunmola said the growing population of youths in the state should not be ignored, knowing the role they play in the attainment of government vision at different levels.
He urged youths to channel their strength in advocating accountability from the executive, legislative and judicial arm of government.
Also, the permanent secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs. Liadi Adetutu Abiola, who was represented by Mrs. Akande Lolade Idiat noted that there is a need for young persons to be part of governance while preparing for leadership.
She urged youths to contribute their quota in developing Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.
Also, a member of the National Youth Parliament, Seriki Muritala, said their inclusion in good governance would help have an established policy that would favour all youths regardless of their educational background or status in the society.