By Beauty John, LAFIA
ActionAid Nigeria, Thursday, called on Nasarawa State House of Assembly to ensure speedy passage of the Nasarawa Youth Development Commission Bill into Law.
The Country Director, Mrs Ene Obi made the call during a one-day annual peace walk in commemoration of the 2020 International Day of Peace in Lafia, the state Capital.
The peace walk, taken to the state house of assembly was organized by ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with Global Peace Development (GPD) and Beacon Youth Initiate (BYI) with funding from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, (GCERF).
It had about 500 participants from 12 communities, within 6 local government areas in the state.
Youths in Lafia, Azuba – Bashayi, B. A D, Alizaga, Kagbu, Agyaragu, Tundun-Adabu, Ningo, Agwan Zaria, Laminga, Kurudu, Toto, Gadabuke, were seen displaying placards with different inscriptions such as “SAY YES TO PEACE” “SHOW LOVE”among others.
Obi, who was represented by the program coordinator, Mr Anicetus Atakpu, explained that the provision of the bill upholds entrepreneurship opportunities as a strategy for keeping young men and women in Nasarawa state engaged and away from influence of extremist groups.
“This will go a long way in reducing the vulnerability of the youths to social vices and enhance development,” she said.
According to Obi, the peace walk offers an opportunity for indigenes of Nasarawa to be reminded of their roles in peace building while also promoting social cohesion through engagement and sharing of messages of peace.
In his remark, the Executive Director, Global Peace Development (GPD), Mr Ebruke Esike asserted that the purpose of that bill is to ensure Nasarawa state at the forefront of advancing the UN Security Council Resolution 2250, which is purely for the youth.
“I enjoin my voice with our partner, ActionAid, the youth of Nasarawa state to ensure that the Nasarawa Youth Development Bill be presented if possible next week, so that the process can move forward,” he said.
Responding, Speaker Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi who received them, assured them of the state assembly’s readiness to continue to pass bills and resolutions that will enhance peace, growth and well being of the youths in the society.
“As you can see, the bill has passed second reading, I want to assure you that many more are coming” he said.
The speaker who was represented by his deputy Tsentse Nehemiah Dandaura, noted that no development can thrive without peace, as he assured them that assembly will continue to pass laws that will benefit and protect the interest of youth and women in the state.