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Youths demand national development commission

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The Young Parliamentarian Forum (YPF) has called for the establishment of a National Youth Development Commission.

YPF Chairman and Member, House of Representatives, Kabir Tukura, who made this demand, yesterday in Abuja, during the forum’s strategy meeting, insisted that the commission must be headed and managed by young people.

According to Tukura, the commission will serve as the agency responsible for creating, and managing youth programmes, leadership and political development programmes of young people across the country.

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Regretting that the government of the day only acknowledges the poor conditions of the country’s educational system without modalities to solve the problems, Tukura stressed the need for conscious and intentional reviewing and redesigning of the current educational approaches from primary to tertiary education.

Tukura said there was need for government to expand the citizenship and leadership training centres to all 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory and redesign their training modules.

He urged government to improve and expand young people’s participation in Arts, sports, public speaking, music and other cultural activities at the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, as well as local communities.

Also speaking, the Country Director, Action Aid in Nigeria, Ene Obi, who regretted that the country has for long failed to deal with challenges faced by its youths, called for the establishment of a strong framework to address the challenges.

Country Director of Westmister Foundation for Democracy, Adebowale Olorunmola, urged the National Assembly to use its powers to address youth development, especially in areas of oversight.

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