By Our Correspondent
Hon. Legor Idagbo has joined the league of voices calling for a reduction in the minimum age of African parliamentarians noting that in the US and UK, the minimum ages are below 25 years while in Nigeria and some African countries, the minimum age is above 30 years.
Hon. Idagbo made the call yesterday while speaking at the African Young Parliamentarians Conference in Rabt, Morocco.
He commended the DR Congo for keeping the minimum age of their parliamentarians below 20years and argued that it was only when very young and vibrant people are allowed to be elected into parliament that any nation can get the best out of its populace in terms of effective representation.
Hon. Idagbo who represents Obudu/Obanlikwu/Bekwara Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, also noted that there is a bill before the Nigerian House of Representatives to reduce the minimum age from 30 to 25 years.
“As youths, we need to stand together to fight issues that affect us collectively. Issues of terrorism, unemployment and achieving the MDGs now SDGs.” He said.
Created in New Delhi in 2012, the Union of Young African Parliamentarians, a political platform for exchange between new African political leaders is aimed at providing a new platform to reinforce cooperation between African parliaments, as it allows for the establishment of a legislative body up to the expectations of the African people.
The Union’s philosophy holds that the future of every nation is hinged on its youths and advocate for more youthful participation in governance.
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