Groups task Edo Assembly on ‘Not too Young to Run Bill’

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

The leadership of African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the Forum of Nigerian women in politics (FONWIP) have tasked Edo State House of Assembly on the speedy passage of the ‘Not too Young to Run’ Bill.
The Bill, among other things, is driven by the compelling needs to restructure the political system which advocates the reduction of age for seeking elective positions in Nigeria.
Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev. David Ugolor and the President of FONWIP, Mrs. Florence Igbinigie also pledged their commitment towards the Bill at a Media briefing by Edo State Coordinator of the initiative, Mr. Israel Orekha on Tuesday, in Benin City, Edo State Capital.
Igbinigie, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Youth Development, assured that Bill, when passed, would help to “curb youth restiveness and afford the Nigerian youth to bring their wealth of experience to bear in governance.”
The state Coordinator of ‘Not too young to run Bill’, Mr. Israel Orekha, said a data obtained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicates that about 52 percent of registered voters in Nigeria are young people between 18 and 25 year. He said the ‘Not too young to run’ movement will continue to mobilize more young people across the Country to participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise and collection of their Permanent voters Cards (PVCs) as well as turn out to vote in all elections.

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