The Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) of the National Assembly Nigeria was represented at the recently held Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) Conference on “Inclusive Politics in Practice in the Commonwealth” which took place on the 4th to the 6th of March 2020 in Westminster, London. The Forum was represented by the Chairman YPF, Rep. Kabir […]
In 2019, Westminster Foundation for Democracy launched a two-year programme (2019-2021) to promote inclusion and build citizens’ capacity to demand open and transparent governance. The programme will engage representatives from political parties, civil society organisations and young volunteers who will work together to promote politics with values in the Nigerian political system and advance youth inclusion in the decision-making processes of political parties.
In Nigeria, young people make up 51% of registered voters, and women constitute 41%. The low or non-participation of this huge majority in decision-making processes stops their voices from being heard and their perspectives taken into account in the policies that directly impact their lives.
It is on record that at least 14 million young voters have registered since 2017. With the passage of the eligibility age law in May 2018, space has been created for 18 to 35-year-olds, who constitute over 60% of the population, to be more involved in the governance process. However, the effects of this may not be immediate, as work still needs to be done to strengthen youth capacity to be involved, bring positive values to, and change the face of politics. Political parties, including their youth wings, also need to be more democratic and promote ideologies which will remove barriers to the emergence of women and young leaders.
Working with civil society organisations like the Youth Initiative for Advocacy and Growth Advancement (YIAGA) the programme shows young people how they can support campaigns that advocate for greater youth participation and engage with political institutions. WFD and the UK political parties will share a range of experiences on youth participation from the UK and other countries where WFD works. The combination of grassroots campaigning and high-level advocacy will help address the low levels of youth participation and representation in Nigeria by encouraging more youth-led policy initiatives and better inter-generational partnerships.
Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), WFD is a member of the consortium implementing the flagship, five-year Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) programme. Working at the national level and in the 3 States of Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna, WFD is supporting constituencies to influence governments about the services they receive and any policies related to them. To achieve this, WFD will support the use of evidence-based research for policy recommendations related to the budget process in the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly in Jigawa, Kano and Kaduna).
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Further to the establishment of the Voter Education Community Development Service (CDS) group in three pilot states of Imo, Osun, and the FCT, Corp members, under the supervision of the INEC Voter Education Desk Officers (VEDOs) and NYSC Local Government Inspectors (LGIs), conducted Voter education and sensitisation in all the local governments of Osun State. […]
With nearly 70% of Nigeria’s population below the age of 35, it is crucial that young people are represented in the country’s political systems. WFD Nigeria is working to build the capabilities of young persons in politics.