President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, have assured the All Progressive Congress, APC youths that not less than 10,000 tickets would be handed over to them in the forthcoming political dispensation.
The duo made the promise at the recently first ever Progressives Youth Conference organised by the APC Youths which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, adding that the outcomes of the conference would be implemented.
The conference, which identified that the APC stand the opportunity to mainstream well over 10,000 youths in politics and government by fixing the age of Councillorship candidates to 30 years and below, the age of chairmanship candidates of local government to 40 years and below, mandates the appointment of at least one youth representative of not more than 40 years at the Board and Management Team of All MDAs in both the Federal and State Governments.
In the same vein, the party is to ensure that with the exception of the position of Chairman and the deputies, persons of not more than 40 years should deputize every other party position at all levels; national, state, local government, and ward.
These, according to the communique, which was signed by the Youth Representative in the APC National Caretaker Committee, Ismail Ahmed as part of the resolutions reached at the conference will create the largest political empowerment impact ever in Nigeria
The conference believed it shall be a legacy for President Buhari and shall strengthen the mandate of the administration that has stood it out, unleashing the boldest socio-economic programmes this country has ever seen, also arguably the largest in Sub Saharan Africa having empowered over 1 million youths who are engaged under the NPOWER programme, over 5.5 million school children fed through the Home Grown School Feeding Programme. Over 1 million poor families supported through the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, over 2.5 million traders and market women supported through the TraderMoni and Market Moni Programmes. All these are targeted at eliminating extreme poverty.
“And over 3.1 million farmers supported through the famous Anchor Borrows Programme to ramp up local food production and preserve forex. The price of fertilizer crashed from pre 2015 price of N11,000 to N5,500 supporting millions of Farmers and reviving dozens of local fertilizer mixing companies; Over 400 kms of rail infrastructure is being delivered with the Lagos-Ibadan rail service,a failed project that has survived many administrations before our own, which was commissioned just a few a days ago. Over 1000 kms of Roads Infrastructure is being delivered with the iconic; Second Niger Bridge now over 60% completed and on course for completion by 2022, among many more pro-poor, inclusive, populist and progressive programmes championed or completed by this Government. All these achieved with dwindling crude oil revenue and a devastating global pandemic.”
The conference equally highlighted that by year 2050 which is just 30 years from now, Nigeria’s population is estimated to hit about 500m and that with a ballooning population and dwindling revenue at our disposal there is no other option but for the government to deliver mass prosperity and a stable social, economic and political future, which must be beyond 2023, and go beyond selfish interests to a bigger and bolder vision for the children and unborn generations.
That poverty of the mind and of the pocket ravaging the social fabric of our Nation; on all fronts; Productivity, Values and Security. Poverty that knows no Tribe or Religion.thus calls for the need for all to rise beyond our divisions to deliver Functional Education for all, Affordable Healthcare for all, Safe and Secure Homeland and many more progressive solutions through this bold progressive and political platform, the All Progressives Congress; for our Nation.
The conference, which showcased the capacity of the youth to take on leadership roles in the party and the government, was attended by delegates from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. There were goodwill messages from notable party leaders and government officials. Amongst whom are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila; APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni; Representatives of Progressives Governors, Ministers of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, Ministers of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Housing and Work Babatunde Raji Fashola and several other leaders of the APC, also has in attendance youth representatives from all the 36 states of the federation and Abuja.
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