*Member hopes for continuity of youth parliament
To strengthen all efforts geared towards promoting the union and participation of the youth in the process of decision making, policy formulation and implementation, the Lagos state government recently inaugurates its youth parliament at the state house of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja.
The event, organised by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development, had in attendance Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Youth and Social Development, Dolapo Badru, who explained that the youth parliament was convened so that youth could deliberate and pass their resolution to the executive or legislative arms of government for necessary attention.
Deputy Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Kolawole Taiwo, who represented the Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, stressed that the legislative session would help the youth parliaments have information on how the house is being run and enable them gather idea which they could share with the leaders.
During the legislative session, Remi Bello, representing Agege Constituency 1 emerged the speaker while Nariwo Oluwaseun became the deputy.
In his speech, Bello, the youth speaker, pledged that the members would not let the government and the youths down but would ensure the yearnings of youths are heard. “It is another force that is being called by the Lagos state government to give the youth the chance to actually come up with recommendations because they have just realized that no matter their ideas, the youths need to be carried along. We go beyond the house by playing a practical role and because we are closer to the people, they can easily relate with us” he added.
Meanwhile, member of the youth parliament, Ayanchi Amaka representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 2 said "youth parliament has come to stay but the only challenge would be a change in government". She pleads to the state government to ensure that the parliament gets all the needed support and prays that subsequent government would strength it.
The house members were drawn from different constituency in Lagos which in total is forty members. The Lagos state youth parliamentarians are to serve 2years each in the house.