The Nigerian Youth Parliament NYP has called on the Federal Government, the Minister of Education and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to sheath their swords and address all matters of concern in order to return students back to schools nationwide.
Speaking at a news conference at the National Assembly, in Abuja, the newly elected Speaker of the NYP, Yishawu Azeezat stressed that Nigerian students are at the receiving end of the recurring ASUU strike.
“Our future should not be delayed. Our elders say, when two elephants fight, it’s the grass that bears the brunt. We can not over emphasize the importance of education to young people and the huge role university environment plays to provide safe spaces for youths to curb social vices as a result of idleness” Azeezat said.
She therefore urged all waring parties to embrace dialogue in order to resolve the ongoing crises in the education sector.
On the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, Azeezat advocated for sanitary facilities through the NYP project tagged “Safepad Project” in all educational institutions as a sustainable practice for gender equality in the country.
The Youth Parliament also pledged it’s commitment to consolidate the efforts of other stakeholders and youth platforms to get one million young people to register as new voters ahead of 2023 General elections.
” As part of our commitment, before the close of PVC registration, the NYP will be consolidating the efforts of other stakeholders and youth platforms to get more young people to register and vote in the next election”.
Earlier, the Speaker of the NYP who highlighted youth development, youth inclusion and gender equality as some of the six thematic areas of their youth agenda, assured of up coming youth centred programs aimed at tackling challenges for the development of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Youth Parliament is a platform created for giving young person’s hands on experience in leadership and advocacy within the legislature.
It is also a platform conceived to adopt constructive engagement as a means of transmitting it’s ideas which centres around youth representation and inclusion in governance, across to the powers that be in the country