Omo-Agege Calls For Participation Of Women & Youths In Governance

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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has called for the participation of a greater number of women and youths in the governance process.

Omo-Agege made the call during while a virtual presentation at a high-level conference on strengthening women and youth participation in the National Assembly in Abuja.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, the deputy senate president said that the National Assembly was committed to greater women and youth involvement in public governance in Nigeria through creative legislative interventions.

He decried women participation in public governance in Sub-Saharan Africa which is presently below 24.7 percent.

According to him, no country can ever maximize its potential without fully exploring and exploiting the energy in its youth population.

Omo- Agege said, “There is the need to drive inclusion and inclusive governance in both the Legislative and the Executive Arms of Government.

“This is a necessary step to achieving gender equality and full democratic governance.

“Because women represent more than half of the Nigerian population and the youths are the most energetic and dynamic segment of our society, I have no doubt that with many more of them participating in the decisions that shape our lives, they would pave the way for a more just, equitable, and peaceful society.”

“While it is broadly acknowledged that there is no universal model that fits all circumstances, I am proud of the National Assembly’s commitment to the provision of equitable opportunities for the participation of Women and Youth in the Governance Process, by way of legislation and even by Constitutional amendment.

“I trust that the gains of this discourse would aid further engagements and help significantly as we engineer our home-grown solutions. It should also help set benchmarks for accountability on this all-important issue of greater women and youth participation in democratic governance. For us in Nigeria, we are ready,” he added.

To prepare the youth and women for effective political participation, the Delta Central lawmaker made a case for funding schemes for youth-run businesses to empower them economically.

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