By Gloria Ikibah
The Clerk of the National Assembly, Magaji Tambuwal, has called on members of the Commonwealth to be more intentional in dealing with each other for peace sake.
The CNA who stated this at an event organised by the National Assembly to commemorate the 2023 Commonwealth Day on Monday in Abuja, said that members of the Commonwealth countries make up half of the world's population and should be able to make positive impact in the world.
“The day also marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter, which outlines the unifying principles of the fifty six Commonwealth countries that represent one third of the entire world population.
“To this end, I urge all members of the Commonwealth you collectively act and make a difference in the lives of the two point six billion people of the association. Our collective desire as members of the Commonwealth should be to give the promotion of peace, love, unity, security and transparency a chance. Let us be more intentional in our dealings both at the individual and corporate level to demonstrate our collective resolve to forging a sustainable and peaceful common culture”, Tambuwal said.
According to him, the recently established National Climate Change Innovation Hub in Nigeria will help harness the potentials in youths towards addressing climate challenges in the country.
He further stated that the ongoing Russia-Ukrain war and other climate issues in the world if not properly managed, posed great danger to world peace and sustainable future.
The CNA also stated that the federal government had put in place measures to address some issues on climate change, which includes the establishment of youths climate change hub to harness their ideas and include them in decision making process as well as developed a long term vision for zero gas emissions.
She urged the youths to engage in activities and programmes that promotes innovations and inclusivity for all and advised young people to seek ways of making the future better than it is now.
According to her, the youths deserve a better future void of violence or hatred.
“The issue of Climate change, sustainable and peaceful development can be very abstract. As young people, know that you are the future and then understand what you can do to make this future a better place for all of us. We must work towards a future that is sustainable, where we use resources reasonably, protect our environment and ensure that future generation can thrive. We must also thrive for a future that is peaceful, where we respect value, diversity, promote dialogue and corporation and reject violence and hatred”, Audu said.
The event featured presentations from selected schools in the FCT on how the Commonwealth can involve the youths in the development of the future.
Some of the students who participated in the programme called for a platform and enabling environment to contribute effectively towards a peaceful and sustainable future.
The theme of the event was Forging a Sustainable and Peaceful Common Future.