By Yemi Adebowale
According to a Vanguard newspaper report on Thursday, seventeen youth and cultural groups have recommended Dr Ahmed Adamu who is the chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as a youth minister to the incoming administration of President-Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement signed by the groups said Ahmed is well qualified for the job as a youth with vast local and international experience and exposure working with young people. Ahmed, it will be recalled recently called on General Muhammadu Buhari to scrap foreign scholarships which have empowered thousands of indigent Nigerian youths to pursue their educational aspirations abroad.
The groups said the youth of today who face different challenges and opportunities needed “to be given adequate space and opportunities to make critical decision that affect them.”
“Young people,” they said “are no longer tools for winning elections. We are partners and leaders of today’s progress and our voices must be heard.”
The groups also demanded that “as a new administration is about to assume power in the country, we call on the president-elect to maximise the use of the greatest asset of this country-the youth. We will not allow politicians to stop us in the track. Competence should matter in the selection of the cabinet, and young people should constitute at least 30% of the appointed positions.”
Meanwhile, Ahmed Adamu holds a PhD in Energy Economics and is currently a University lecturer in the UK.