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Press Statement: NotTooYoungToRun Town Hall meeting and ReadyToRun

In July 2017, the National Assembly in a historic vote passed the Reduction of Age bill popularly known as the Not Too Young To Run bill to reduce the age for running for office in Nigeria.

Having been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives in fulfilment of the constitution amendment procedure, the #NotTooYoungRun Bill boosted Nigeria’s image at the international level with the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) subsequently adopting the #NotTooYoungToRun campaign. Consequently, Nigeria is being accorded due recognition by these international bodies in all its engagement on youth rights as human rights proceeding from the global adoption.

Following the transmission of the NotTooYoungToRun bill to the 36 states House of Assemblies along with other bills for approval in line with the constitutional amendment procedure, a minimum of 24 states must approve it.

As part of the advocacy efforts of our Movement, 991 personalized letters have been sent to the legislators in the 36 state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria.

Furthermore, the Not Too Young To Run movement will be hosting a Citizens Town Hall on Constitution Review on December 11, 2017 at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja from 1pm to 4pm. The town hall is convened to provide a platform for interface between high-level policy makers and citizens on the ongoing constitution review process. At the town hall meeting citizens will engage Speakers of State Assemblies on pathways for ensuring the outcome of the constitution review meets the aspiration of the people.

The Not Too Young To Run Movement will proceed with the next stage in towards increasing and promoting youth participation with the launch of the Ready To Run platform which will serve as a database and resource centre for young people who are ready to run for elected offices in Nigeria.

We call on all citizens to contact their state lawmakers through phone calls, text messages, letters, visits and social media to vote YES to the age reduction bill.

We are most grateful to the National Assembly, Media, Civil Society, the Youth in Nigeria and all our partners for their continued solidarity and support. God bless Nigeria!

One Shared Value, One Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

Our Shared Value, Our Shared Goal, #NOTTOOYOUNGTORUN

 

Signed:

Activista

Abuja Global Shapers

African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD)

Connected Development [CODE]

The Election Network

League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria (LEPAN)

MindCapital

The Nigerian Youth Parliament

Orodata,

Project Pink Blue

Social Good Nigeria

TechHer NG

The YALI Network

Youngstars Foundation

Youth Hub Africa

Youth Initiative Advocacy Growth & Advancement (YIAGA)

Amplified Radio

Media Insight

Say No Campaign

Vision Alive Foundation, Abia

Youth Initiative for Better Change, Adamawa

Young Activists Initiative Nigeria, Akwa Ibom

Integrity Youth Development Initiative, Anambra

Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Bayelsa

The Bridge Youth Development Foundation, Benue

Exit Lanes, Borno

After School Centre for Career Development, Cross River

DIG Foundation, Ebonyi

Connected Advocacy, Edo

Inspiration Care Centre, Ekiti

New Century Initiative, Enugu

Dandalin Matasa Initiative for Rapid Development, Gombe

Development Dynamics, Imo

Centre for Environmental Research and Development, Jigawa

One Project Afrika. Kaduna

Centre for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Kano

Youth Entrepreneurship Support Hub, Katsina

Youth Consensus Forum, Kebbi

Youth Emancipation for the Society (ProjectYES), Kogi

Brain Builders International, Kwara

Grassroots Mobilization Initiative, Nasarawa

Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, Niger

Youth Future Savers Initiatives, Ogun

Youth Aglow Initiative, Ondo

Kimpact Development Initiative, Osun

Young Care Initiative, Oyo

Centre for Youth Participation Advocacy, Plateau

Golden Star Development Initiative, Sokoto

Rural Integrated Development Initiative, Taraba

North East Youth Initiative Forum, Yobe

Golden Stars Development Initiative, Zamfara

Modaville Centre for Development, Lagos

National Organization for Citizens Orientation (NOCO), Rivers State.

Nigerian Youth Action (NYA), Rivers State, Nigeria

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