AKHA: Bill for Sustainable Youth Policy Frame Work & State Development Fund Passes first Reading.

Hon. Emmanuel Bassey, Member representing Ini state constituency and the Chief Whip of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

The bill tagged ‘A bill for a law to implement a sustainable youth policy framework through the Establishment of Akwa Ibom youth development fund’ has passed first reading at the floor of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, during the plenary session of the house.

The member representing Ini state constituency and the Chief Whip of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Emmanuel Bassey sponsored the youth-friendly bill.

The bill, if passed into law, will help create jobs and economic development opportunities through a legally established, independent and recognized institution saddled solely with this important responsibility. It will attract counter funding from federal and International donor agencies.

It will further empower youths who stimulate economic growth, create more job opportunities, employ others, and pay taxes to government thereby making significant contributions to Gross Domestic product of the state. It will drastically reduce youth restiveness and anti-social vices like armed robbery, kidnapping, stealing and prostitution.

More so, enacting a law will help the government to set up a legal and institutional framework for a youth fund focused on Youth Development. And the Law will provide for specific transparency and accountability measures that will protect the integrity and goals of the Fund.  A law would also set out guidelines for administering the fund and this can be administered through the courts. Secondly if the Youth Empowerment Fund is administered as an act of law which set outs clearly the legal and institutional framework it would attract additional funding from Multilateral Development Agencies and other international and National donors. Enacting policy and institutionalizing the youth fund will ensure sustainability so that subsequent governments can build on the efforts of this administration and it will ensure a sustainable future for Akwa Ibom Youths.

Other house members who co-sponsored the bill are; Hon. Aniekan Bassey, Hon. Otuekong Nse Essien, Hon. Idongesit Ituen, Hon. Idongesit Ntekpere, Rt. Hon Victor Udofia, Hon. Monday Eyo, Hon. Mark Esset and Rt. Hon. Aniekan Uko.

The campaign was initiated by Youth Alive Foundation – YAF and started in January 2015. It is geared towards having a strategic and holistic road map for youth development which will tackle the increasing rate of youth unemployment.

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