THE Federal Government has been urged to respect laws and acts governing appointments into public offices, which ensure youth representation.
The national coordinator of a youth-led movement, Youth Crime Watch Nigeria, Cassey Gbenga Adeleye, made the call in his remarks at the 5th Africa Regional Youth Crime Prevention and Development, on Thursday in Abuja.
Youth Crime Watch Nigeria is a youth-led movement, which proactively champions a crime and violent-free environment conducive for learning and living.
Adeleye, who quoted Section 3(f) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Act (2000), as saying the Board membership of the Commission includes “a youth not being less than 21 or more than 30 years of age at the time of his/her appointment,” disclosed that only one 27-year youth, who is now a Permanent Secretary, was appointed on the Commission’s board since its establishment in 2000.
“The issue is not only with the ICPC Board membership but also with so many other parastatals and ministries in Nigeria. There is a provision for youth inclusion on the Board membership of almost all the ministries and parastatals in the country, but how many youths are appointed on these Boards?” Adeleye asked.
Adeleye, who noted that the future of Africans and Africa is in the hands of its teeming population of young people, charged the Nigerian youth to sit up and create the future they want.