Why We Passed Not Too Young To Run Bill – Dogara

Honourable Yakubu Dogara


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has explained that ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’ was passed to ensure more youth participation in governance.

The National Assembly in the last constitution amendmeant exercise, lowered the age requirements for elective political offices in the country.

The Speaker also added that House of Representatives is committed to the enactment of youth friendly legislations that will aid the total development of our youths into productive citizens, encourage them to imbibe and sustain the spirit of commitment to civic obligations, 

Delivering a lecture as the guest speaker at the 31st annual All Rotaract Multi-District conference in Abuja, Dogara said the National Assembly is dedicated to ensuring the observance and appropriation of fundamental human rights of youths and full participation in governance though all the available opportunities under the law.

“In a nation with fast depleting values among the younger generation, which in my opinion, is a consequence of uninspiring leadership, I am persuaded that occasions such as this provide fertile environment for inspirational interaction with youth who have, by choice, dedicated themselves to the promotion of the enthronement of critical human values and possess the potential to massively replicate same.

“Rotary International , of which Rotaract is an affiliate, remains one of the social organisations with the most noble objectives as well as operational culture. The Rotary 4-Way Test, which is the scale for the determination of the integrity of human thought and action indeed constitutes a master key to a majority, if not all, of our existential conundrum. 

In all human thoughts and actions , if the answers to these 4-Way test questions ,namely: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?, are in the affirmative, the risk of wrong is negligibly minimal,” he stated. 

Urging the young members to take full advantage of the invaluable leadership education Rotaract offers them, he praised Rotaract for creating reality through the practice of sound character development and the inculcation of the spirit of service and friendship.


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