Global Shapers Uyo Hub played host to the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ conversation
The Global Shapers, Uyo Hub recently organised a Debate to shape/streamline the conversation and the core idiosyncrasies of the ‘Not Too Young to Run’ bill that was recently passed by the Nigerian National Assembly. The bill reduces the age limit of candidates running for Presidency from 40 to 35 years and, for governorship positions, from 35 to 30 years. It also stipulates that a 25-year-old can now legislate in the National and State Assemblies across the country.
The event was put together to address the need for young and vibrant persons to participate in governance to help in enhancing the country for the total-wellbeing of all Nigerians. The topic of the debate was ‘’Examining the Readiness, Prospects, Challenges, Opportunities and Actions of Nigerians for the bill’’.
The keynote speaker of the debate, Ahmed Buhari started the session by saying; “if you’re old enough to vote, you’re old enough to run for office”. He further explained that 51% of the world’s population are below the age of 30 and that 2% of the world’s parliamentarians are also under age 30. For Nigeria to thrive and advance, he said, “this must stop”.
Buhari went on to say that ”the power of the people is greater than the power of the people in power and that Leadership is not just about age but about content of character. He also decried the low level of participation of some youths in governance sighting that youths must channel their penchant for social good and stop complaining.
Mr. Kemfon Daniel, Curator of Global Shapers, Uyo Hub was the moderator of the panel session and panellist were Miss. Mmant Umoh, West African Representative at the Commonwealth Nation, Mrs Eunice Thomas – Former Commissioner for Education in Akwa ibom and also Joyce Daniel – astute compere and speaker and Amhed Buhari – Presidential Candidate for 2019 elections.
The panel session was sizzling and the panellist who were amazing and resourceful constantly churned-out solutions to fix the governmental quagmire in Nigeria.
During the session, Mrs Eunice Thomas, a former Commissioner of Education in Akwa Ibom State said that when the opportunity for leadership comes, there won’t be any time to learn. “Learn Now. Start Practicing. It is not bad to criticise government, what solutions have you thought and how have you been executing”, the former Commissioner advised.
Mmanti Umoh, the founding Curator of the hub who spoke as one of the lead panellists, said that it is really imperative and sacrosanct for all youths to participate and contribute their quota towards the development of Nigeria, she stated that for this to be achieved, education cannot be over-emphasised.
Joyce Daniels, an astute Compere who happened to be one of the lead panellists stressed that, “the popular candidate should not be the one that has the number on his side but one that has the solutions”.
The event had in attendance members of different civil organisations, public officers and top government functionaries.