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Youth Development Commission seeks to reduce vulnerability in Nasarawa

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By David Odama – Lafia

Youth Development Commission that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of young people, violent extremism is underway in Nasarawa.

The bill that escalated to second reading in the state House of Assembly on Monday, when passed, would reduce youth unease, radicalization, violent extremism, create jobs and youth participation in government of the state. state.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the plenary, the bill’s sponsor and vice president, Nehemiah Dandaura, said the bill would provide sustainable policy guidance for youth activities when implemented in the state.

Dandaura, who represents Akwanga North in the Assembly, explained that the bill was drafted prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent #EndSARS protest, adding that the bill’s presentation was timely, due to the recent youth upheavals across the country. country.

“When you link the bill to the recent protest against police brutality, you will see that the bill, when passed and implemented, will address most of these youth agitations.

“In terms of employment, the youth commission would address the demands of many young people, attract grants and influence policies that can have an impact on young people. The bill will also attract foreign and private attention, ”Dandaura added.

Also speaking, the chairman of the House Committee on Sports and Youth Development, Iyimoga promised to support the bill in regards to the well-being of youth in the state.

“We will give the bill a proper and compelling substance that will make even the government understand why the commission should be established, considering the percentage of youth in the state and the level of unemployment,” he said.

He called on young people to tolerate one another, in order to build a united front for peace and progress of the state, pointing out that no society can develop without peace and unity.

For his part, ActionAid Nigeria Resilience Program Coordinator, Mr. Anicetus Atakpu, expressed his joy at the development, adding that the bill, when enacted, will create an environment conducive to the protection of fundamental human rights by ensuring the inclusion of young people in decision-making. of the State.

Atakpu revealed that ActionAid Nigeria, together with its partners, with funding from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), was developing the capacities of youth through empowerment programs to become self-reliant.

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