The youngest member of the Council of State Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani has advocated for a reduction in age limit for people eyeing on the presidency of Ghana.
According to him, this is the right time for Ghana to follow the example of Canada, France, and New Zealand. The country should allow people younger than age 40 to run for the highest office of land as President.
Dr. Dzani also challenged the young Parliamentarians to begin the debate as to whether 40 is the right age to run for Presidency in Ghana. He made these remarks while speaking at the inauguration of Young Parliamentarians Forum at Speaker’s Lounge, Parliament House.
“We need to spark up the debate on the appropriate age for Presidency in this country. As young parliamentarians, the ball is in your court. It is up to you to bring it before the House, start a conversation,” he further said.
He also advised the young Parliamentarians, “In 1783, William Pitt The Younger became the British Prime Minister at the age of 24, why not us? Think about it and do something about it”.
While quoting examples of young leaders around the world, Dr Dzani told; “Indeed, the World over, young people are leading the way. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 37 years of age. President Macron became President of France at age 39. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern was elected at 37 years of age in 2017.”
Dr. Dzani further clarified that young people can possibly take their place at the decision-making table. It is so as he and many others around the world have been able to do it.
“Before my election to the Council of State, the assumption was that only old people could serve in that capacity, I am happy I got the chance to make history, as the youngest person to be elected as a member of the Council of State in the Commonwealth and I know that whether or not other young people will get the chance to serve on the Council depends on how I serve”
The New Parliament of Ghana is the 7th in the 4th Republic. It is made up of relatively younger legislators. This is as an outcome of the high number of young new entrants that won elections in their respective constituencies.
The Parliament Speaker also shared a word of encouragement to the young parliamentarians in attendance.
“The future belongs to young people. There is no alternative to this, not having the youth is for the future to perish. As Speaker, I will support the YPF, we will find resources both home and abroad to ensure that this forum succeeds,” he further promised.
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