By David Okpokwasili
AWKA: The Member representing Njikoka Two Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Dr Pete Ibida says the full autonomy of the legislative arms of government in Nigeria especially of the State Houses of Assembly is the primary steps that must be taken in the restructuring of the country.
Dr Ibida shared this opinion while speaking to youths who converged on Awka, the Anambra State Capital for the 2021 edition of Anambra Youths Summit organized by Anambra Youths For Democracy.
The Lawmaker while describing Nigeria’s Federalism as “cosmetic military government” said it is backward and counter development the inability of the legislative houses at different levels of government to remain subservient to the executive, thereby lacking the capability to initiate reforms that will bring sustainable development.
Dr Ibida was of the opinion that restructuring cannot happen if the Legislative arms of government both at the centre and the federating units, any restructuring effort would be a mere lip service.
He also joined the clamour for establishment of state police.
The Publisher of Anaedo Online, Mr Cornel Osigwe while delivering a keynote on the theme of the summit, “Harnessing Anambra Youths for Political and Economic Development”, called on the youths to maximize their strengths as composing the higher percentage of Nigeria’s population to initiate ways to create changes that will make a better Nigeria.
He commended Governor Willie Obiano for the laudable steps he has taken to involve more youths in policy making under his government while calling on him to assent to the Youth Development Bill passed by the state House of Assembly to enable the state truly harness its youth for development.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Chief Uche Okafor represented by the Manager, Anambra I-Witness Media Office, Mr Chidiebele Obika said that the first option for youths to harness their strength is to empower themselves with education which will naturally put them ahead of their contemporaries as well as seeks ways to introduce positive disruptions that will help them standout.
The Co-convener of the Summit, Comrade Ebuka Onyekwelu said if youths could broker into mainstream leadership positions to become major policy makers if they can come together inspite of their political affiliations and interests.
Panel Discussions with civil society activists such as Dr Justin Nwankwo, Messrs Chiamaka Nwogu and Tochukwu Obiadi, youths in governance such as the Director General, Anambra Digital Entrepreneurship Office, Engineer Ifeanyi Aniagor, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Political Matters and Strategy, Mr Chris Ezenwafor called on young people to see Nigeria’s myriads of troubles as enough call to initiate change and speak out against corruption.
Topics on “Nation building: the Role of the youths”; “Youths in Politics: Prospects and Challenges”; “EndSARS Aftermath: What Next”; “Nigerian Youths, When is Our Tomorrow?” were major focus of discussion at the summit.
The summit attracted youths from different youth groups, the political class, corporate organizations, and inter and non-partisan orientations.
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