Parliamentarians keen in Human Capital Development in Nigeria
By Fatima Saka
The parliamentarians of the 9th National Assembly House of Representatives have resolved that the objective of the event was to create a high level awareness amongst parliamentarians on the importance, urgency and benefits of investing in human capital development in Nigerian youth to fast track the demographic transition in Nigeria.
A communique presented from the parliamentary summit on fast tracking the demographic transition in Nigeria held on November 21 2022.
Under the leadership of Honorable speaker, Femi GbajaBiamila, commander of the Federal Republic.
The Summit aimed to increase the understanding of Parliamentarians on demographic dividend and to secure the support for implementation of relevant policies, actions and interventions that will create the required enabling environment for a democratic transition to further to the above.
Following the participants at the summit committed to following the next steps of actions:
“To ensure continued and sustained engagement with the office of the Right Honorable speaker among the relevant committees of the House of Representatives on fast tracking the demographic transition in Nigeria and related matters to which we commit to the following actions in the legislative agenda of the House of Representatives.
” Prioritization of financing for identified human capital development interventions aimed at appropriation of basic primary education and basic primary health care, including family planning.
“legislating and financing for compulsory adolescent girls secondary school education, supported by innovative models like incentives such as cash transfers.
” expansion of financing of t vet to close the mismatch between labor demands and supply and skill shortages.
“In this respect. Also having legislative action to prioritize the creation of favorable policy, environment and incentives for women, economic empowerment and women financial inclusion and for female workers.
“To find employment in the formal sector, we commit to protect our girls from harmful practices, such as child marriages, gender based violence, etc. that jeopardize their lives and potential future.
“To Support investment in research, development and data generation to provide evidence for informed knowledge in research development.
“To drive interventions and programming and funding.
“We propose that all the above be captured as an additional heading titled, fast tracking demographic transition in Nigeria in the legislative agenda of the 10th Legislative Assembly.
The communique stated; Hon. Mukhtar Aliyu Betara: Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. James Faleke: Chairman House Committee on Finance, Hon. Mohammed Ali Wudil: Chairman House Committee on Labour, Employment and productivity, Hon. Olododo Cook: Chairman House Committee on National Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Dennis Idahosa: Chairman House Committee on Legislative Compliance, Hon. Aminu Sulaiman: Chairman House Committee on Tertiary Education, Hon Julius Ihonvebere: Chairman House Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Lawal M. Idirius: Chairman House Committee on Population, Hon. Adewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga: Chairman House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu: Chairman House Committee on Health Care Services. Are the Chairman Committee’s that makes up the communique.