The Leadership of the Nigerian Youth Parliament paid a courtesy call to The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Mr. Olusade Adesola who doubled as the Former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Tuesday 28th of January 2020. In his opening remarks, The Speaker of the NYP, Hon. Mubarak Mijinyawa noted that the Parliament is a developmental training institution created to strengthen, reinforce and consolidate efforts in empowering youths through meaningful youth representation in driving Nigerian developmental agenda.
While appreciating the efforts of the Permanent Secretary, his development and sustainability during his days at the Youth Ministry, Mubarak explained that the NYP has been able to come up with motions from its sittings that have impacted on government policies. The Chairman House Committee on Budget and Finance, Hon. Mary Torunana representing Bayelsa Central highlighted the Parliament’s areas of interest and partnership with the ministry of Niger Delta part of which include Capacity building, Programmes sponsorship and Internship to enable them gain experience in the Public Service.
The Host in his reaction appreciated the visit and expressed his interest in partnering with The Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP), to empower young people through youth representation in driving Nigeria’s developmental agenda.
Expatiating on the activities of the Parliament, Mr. Adesola explained that the Nigerian Youth Parliament is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Youths and Sports with the objective of inculcating in the youths, leadership and legislative training, to help them become credible Lawmakers and responsible Leaders. According to the Permanent Secretary, “it is important for us to ensure that the resolution and decisions of the Parliament are submitted to the National Assembly and the Minister of Youths and Sports for formal legislative action,”
Speaking further, Mr. Adesola encouraged the Youths to pay courtesy calls to other Ministries to seek ways of partnering with them. He also advised that the NYP liaises with the Ministry of Youths and Sport to develop a framework for internship in the Civil service since not all Parliamentarians will serve at the legislature in future while some will do well at the Executive arm and such framework will be forwarded to the appropriate authority for necessary approval.