A ten (10) Points Lagos State Youth Agenda was presented Friday to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, representatives of different youth organisations across the State. The Rt. Hon. Speaker, who was ably represented by Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasumu, representing Ikeja 2 Constituency, in his remarks commended the youths for proactively setting a youth agenda and challenged them to stand-out and be counted, while positively realizing their potentials.
The agenda which was developed following a two-day intensive brainstorming by the youths, was designed to promote the inclusion of youths in decision making processes and for good governance at Lagos State. The youth agenda-setting event which had in participation members of the Lagos Youth Parliament, National Youth Parliament and representatives of youth-focused Civil Society Organisations, was supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly, to develop the agenda as an instrument for advocating youth issues and engaging with governance institutions to advance youth interests.
Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development, Dr. Mrs. Bola Balogun noted that the Youth Agenda contains items that the Ministry is interested in working with the youths to realise. She also held that her Ministry has keyed into the 10 points agenda, and that doors of the Ministry is wide open to further deliberations on the document.
In His welcome address Mr. Adebowale Olorunmola, WFD Country Representative in Nigeria encouraged the youths to use the Youth Agenda as both an advocacy and accountability tool with which to engage the leadership. He noted that it is important for the youths to set agenda for inclusion and good governance for the legislative and executive arm of government as they are responsibility for making and change laws, conducting oversight functions, appropriating funds, and implementing laws so made.
The 10 points Lagos State Youth Agenda (LSYA) are:
Agenda 1: Adequate inclusion and participation of young persons within the ages of 15-29 (male, female and persons with disability) in decision making processes
Agenda 2: Reduction of substance abuse among youths and adequate attention to youth-related health services
Agenda 3: Sufficient allocation and efficient budgetary implementation for youth development.
Agenda 4: Adequate incubation, mentoring and vocational centers.
Agenda 5: Development of productive workforce and reduction of rate of unemployment
Agenda 6: Adequate access to quality and affordable education
Agenda 7: Eradication of social vices amongst youths such as hooliganism, gangsterism, cultism and cybercrime
Agenda 8: Eradication of Sexual Abuse and harassment of young people
Agenda 9: Improved security and tackling of violation of human rights by law enforcement agencies
Agenda 10: Promotion of transparency and eradication of corrupt practices at all levels
WFD’s engagement in Nigeria supports sustainable democratic growth, through inclusive citizen participation and strengthened institutions capable of accountable governance. WFD is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in UK. Established in 1992, WFD provides expertise in developing parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations- the key institutions that make up a functioning democracy.