The House of Representatives is currently debating a bill that seeks to appoint young people and people living with disabilities into the Federal Executive Council and other parastatals.
The bill which has been christened Yes We Can seeks to broaden the scope of Federal appointments and to be more inclusive of all Nigerians. If passed, it will go straight into the Constitution Review that is currently ongoing.
For the Bill to see the light of day, there has to be amendment of sections 147, 151, 192 and 196 of the Constitution, so as to allow for young people and people with disabilities.
According to the sponsor of the bill, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the bill will allow allow appointment of the disabled and the young as Ministers, Commissioners, Special Advisers and by extension, Chairman and Members of Statutory bodies, boards and Agencies.
“This is on the premise that the issue of appointment is at the discretion of Political Leaders and decision makers such as the President, Governors. This can be much easily achieved compared to seeking elective positions,” he said, as he threw more light on the nature of the bill.
“This include cultural and especially financial constraints giving the cost of campaigns, nomination forms and party primaries which puts the older generation at an advantage over young people.”
“Persons with disabilities are not left out in these challenges and are even faced with greater burden of poor societal value system, discrimination and unfriendly political party structures and policies,” he added.