Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has advocated the deliberate formation and implementation of policies to engender youth and gender inclusion in governance as panacea to youth restiveness in the country.
Ikpeazu in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle suggested that a gathering of youths from the different critical groups of the society should be convoked to draft a framework for the country they desire. He also warned of a possible implosion if the tensions that have enveloped the country in recent times are not “carefully and professionally” handled.
The Governor admonished leaders from across the country not to “be intemperate with their utterances and commentary”.
The tweet from Ikpeazu which opined that the country would gain more empowering and engaging the youths meaningfully read “We must address youth and gender inclusion in governance through, among other strategies, appointments and compulsory LG elections across the nation. One can only imagine the impact 774 LG chairmen, 774 deputies,, 774 leaders of council and thousands of councilors and their aides, all between ages of 18 & 35, will have on them, their psyche and the nation. They’ll surely learn the challenges of governance and learn the ropes too!
“We can even convoke a youth based team drawn from our states, CSO, media, unions and citizens within and outside our country to draft a framework for the Nigeria they desire!
“We also need to domesticate the various youth empowerment initiatives to engender deeper and cross sectional participation!
“We, the leaders, must as well refrain from intemperate utterances and commentary on sensitive issues.
“Finally, we must not continue the drain on the natural resources that buffer the bonds of nationhood.
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“These steps among others, I believe will help address some of the issues agitating the minds of our youths”