Speaker of the House of Representatives, Representative Femi Gbajabiamila has said that grooming the country’s youth and managing their frustrations is the defining task of leadership in this age.
Gbajabiamila said that doing so is the surest way to channelize their energy, drive, innovation and courage into endeavors that will enrich the economy and accelerate our national development.
The speaker said, “If we fail, this abundance of passion will become fuel for a carnage this country cannot survive”.
Gbajabiamila spoke in Abuja on Thursday as he formally handed over the Legislative Initiative (LMI), which he founded to prepare young Nigerians for political leadership, to the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) started to do. This was done to ensure stability of the program beyond his tenure as speaker.
LMI was launched in June 2022, and in October of the same year, the first group of 74 participants drawn from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory were trained and graduated.
Gbajabiamila, whose term as Speaker of the 9th House will end in June, passed the program on to NILDS, a legislative training institute, to keep his goals and objectives alive.
He spoke on the goal of LMI, “The mission of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) is to identify, attract and train dedicated and capable youth to participate in politics, governance and public service, particularly in legislature In .
“The program was designed to revel in politics and government for a generation of young people who often do not understand how government works, how decisions are made, and how they can contribute to building a better society.” can participate.
“This mission is more important today than the day we launched this initiative. With each new day, the LMI mandate becomes more urgent, more important and more vital to our nationhood’s purpose.
“Therefore, it follows that while maintaining the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI), ensuring that this program continues to engage, identify and empower more youth to participate in the politics and governance of our nation, a It is a responsibility from which we should not shy away.” ,
On NILDS, Gbajabiamila said the institute not only has the potential to train people for roles in leadership, but will also uphold the goals of LMI by being a supportive partner from the planning stage.
“Under the leadership of Director General, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) has been a valuable partner since inception in planning and executing the vision of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI).
“I am confident that with the support of the capable men and women of NILDS, the initiative will be safe in their hands,” he said.
Gbajabiamila promised that he would continue to support the LMI in any capacity, in or out of government.