Connected Development, CODE, has called for a youth responsive public service delivery and creation of more space for youths to be part of the public service, with the aim of achieving inclusive governance.
The call was made at a one-day public hearing on Enhancing Youth Participation for Sustainable Development, which was supported by ActionAid Nigeria.
While speaking at the event, Mukhtar Halilu Modibbo, Community Youth Engagement, CODE, highlighted the importance of mobilizing youths to actively participate in governance.
He explained that the project is focused at “Mobilizing young people and their organizations for progressive social change and enhancing young people’s power to influence public expenditure towards gender responsive public service.”
On his part, Ken Okoineme, People for Change National Adviser at ActionAid Nigeria, explained that a youth responsive public service places youths at the centre of development.
Okoineme said, “it is important that we create more space for youths to be part of public space so that it can meet their needs and the way public resources can be expended.”
He added that, “Young people are very dependent on public service and it is important that these services are provided in a way they can benefit.”
Present at the public hearing were representatives from the Independent National Electoral Commission, Youth Groups and Student Union Associations.