Aides to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have begun gathering the ideas of young Nigerian professionals with the aim of designing a youth policy, which All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, should implement when he becomes president.
The aides, under the Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network, said they had a commitment from Tinubu, through Gbajabiamila, that the policy would be implemented if the APC candidate won. the 2023 elections.
The GPVN made this known at the Youth, Economic and Social Development Summit and the unveiling of the Gbaja Volunteer Professionals Network Digital Ideas Bank in Abuja on Friday.
According to the organizers, the event was in commemoration of the United Nations International Youth Day 2022 and “to support Asiwaju’s chairmanship on the youth economic and social development policy document”.
Gbajabiamila, in his speech titled “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, which he delivered virtually during the event, noted that International Youth Day comes at a time in the country’s history. where Nigerians must make critical choices for the future. they want and how to achieve it.
The President said: “What happens in this election and what kind of nation we have as a result will depend greatly on the choices young people make ahead of this election and in the voting booth. It is unfortunate that political conversations about the upcoming election are dominated by the loud voices of division and derision for whom politics is a contact sport designed to inflict the greatest harm on individuals and the body politic.
“These voices have elevated fake news above facts and the politics of grievance and victimization above the studied examination of political questions and answers that will determine the fate of the young people who make up the majority of our population. You must resist this. It is time for the voices of reason and compromise, whose manifest desire is to be part of the solution, to take hold of the debate and make their voices heard.
According to Gbajabiamila, the summit is part of the effort to refocus public debate on issues of substance and consequence and he was honored to be associated with it.
He noted, “Two important things are going to happen at this summit. First, the unveiling of a digital idea bank for Nigerians and friends of the country here and abroad to send in their ideas on the changes they wish to see and their recommendations to make those changes possible.
“Second, a policy faculty will be created to collate, review and harmonize these ideas and suggestions into practical policy proposals.
“These proposals will be presented to guide the campaign and hopefully the presidency of His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. What an excellent example of active citizenship, of citizens coming together in a common effort to build a nation! »
The national coordinator of the Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network, Lukman Lawal, said that in addition to providing their professional services to the President as assistants and, by extension, to the country, the assistants have successfully carried out direct interventions. in the areas of education, health, capacity building and well-being, impacting approximately 100,000 students, children, youth, women and households across the country over the past three years.
“The need for a deliberate, coordinated and multifaceted approach to solving youth unemployment, underemployment and negative orientation cannot be overstated and indeed cannot come at a better time than now,” he said. -he declares.
Lawal stressed that all efforts must be directed “and seen to be directed” towards creating a very strong window of support around preparedness and the positive social inclusion of the young population who he says remain the most great asset for a secure future for positive growth and development of the country.
“As the race to elect the country’s next generation of leaders in 2023 intensifies, we wish to highlight the dire need for a pool of knowledge and robust intellectual resources that can holistically advance the cause of youth development via a deliberate, coordinated and multi-faceted approach to solving youth unemployment, underemployment, destitution and negative orientation, together with the fact that this cannot come at a better time.