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Youths Must Play Active Roles to Save Nigerian Democracy, Says Kwara Speaker

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By Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin

Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said Nigerian youth‎s have a big role to play in the nurturing and sustenance of the nation’s democracy.

Ahmad added that aside from playing active roles in governance, youth groups must also serve as veritable watchdogs for the ruling class through their constructive criticism.

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The Speaker stated this in his address delivered during the Nigeria Youth Parliament leadership’s visit to his office ‎as parts of activities before commencing the 1st North Central National Economic Youth Dialogue held in Ilorin.

Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Mathew Okedare, the Speaker said Nigerian youths must utilise whichever opportunity that comes their way with a view to making the country better than it is presently.

Ahmad maintained that the dialogue theme “Youth for Sustainable Agricultural Empowerment: Our Future, Our Care” was timely as the focus is presently on diversification of the country’s mono economy which is heavily dependent on oil export to Agro-based one.

“We must all admit that the time to go ‎back to agriculture and revolutionise it is now. A nation that cannot feed her citizens but relies on food importation will remain perpetually under developed.

“To join the league of developed and truly independent nations, there must be food security, among other things. We all therefore must support the Federal Government in its efforts towards attaining food security for our dear country,” he said.

Earlier, the Nigerian Youth Parliament Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ayodele Obe, had appreciated the House leadership, adding that since the parliament’s inauguration in 2008, they had deliberated on various issues affecting the youths and identified the way forward for government.

Obe added that the youth parliament had been a training ground for Nigerian youths ‎as their former members have had opportunities to be appointed and elected into various political positions and rendered diligent services.

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