The Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) Idris Miliki Abdul has called on Kogi State Government to prioritize the funding of Youth Development Commission to enable the Commission perform it’s statutory role of improving the living standard of Kogi youth.
Abdul made the call during a one day town-hall meeting at community level on inspiring youth for leadership for Kogi central senatorial district held in Okene on Thursday.
The town-hall meeting was organized by CHRCR in collaboration with the Nigerian Women Trust Fund and funded by MacArthur foundation.
According to him, time has come for Nigerian youth to demand for accountability from elected and appointed leaders to improve their standard of living and skills in leadership to improve good governance.
“There is need for Amendment of the 1999 Constitution to address the issue of age of contesting for political offices as this will address the discrimination of young persons across Nigeria and improve youth in leadership position” he stated.
He stressed the need for government to always ensured there is equity in the appointment into public offices, particular to young persons to improve their leadership development.
“There is need for political parties to ensure that young persons have the opportunity to lead at all levels of the party positions and activities” Abdul said.
Speaking further, the Executive Director charged Nigerians to be proactive in the fight against corruption and urged them to encourage accountability in all spheres of life.