Uche Chuta: What the 30 per cent inclusion of youth in governance actually means

by Uche Chuta

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Is this too much for over 70% of the population (the youth) to ask for?  Anything less will definitely be termed as gerontocracy.

What Youth Want in 2015

Political Office Positions Demanded Age Range
Governors

10

35 –45

Senators

32

35 – 45

House of  Reps

109

30 – 45

Ministers

12

30 – 45

Sometimes when we advocate for something many of us don’t even realize exactly what we are asking for.  I decided to play my part to explain what the 30% minimum  youth inclusion in governance means using my knowledge in mathematics considering my background in computer science.  I have done the exact calculations for everyone to clearly understand what we are advocating for.

Some people can argue that if we calculate 30% of all elective positions ranging from Councilors, Local Government Chairmen, House of Assembly and Commissioners then the youth can be said to already have the 30% that they are asking for. This I believe is an easy way to dismiss their aspirations. However, this is not what the youth want.

The youth want visible inclusion in governance where they can effectively implement change and do away with the analog politics we practice. This in essence means a 30% representation as Governors, Senators, House of Representatives and Ministers of the federal executive council.

Is this too much for over 70% of the population (the youth) to ask for?  Anything less will definitely be termed as gerontocracy.

While we are at it, I don’t think it’s too much for asking that 30% of the leadership positions in the political parties should be reserved for youth and not just the Youth Leader position.

Small Note on my Calculations

1.I rounded down since for example we can’t ask for 10.6 governors.

2.There are 36 Governors, 109 Senators, 360 House of Representatives and 42 Ministers.

 

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