Bwari - Mr Peter Galadima, Youth Leader in Peyi, Bwari Area Council of FCT, on Friday called on the Federal Government to engage the youths in order to reduce crime.
Galadima gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, FCT.
He said that lack of proper engagement of the youths was responsible for their indulgence in heinous crimes.
The youth leader said that although the federal government had made attempts to tackle violence through job creation, other empowerment programmes were required to engage the youths in meaningful and productive ventures.
He said that engagement of youths in meaningful ventures will help government to deal with the rising crime rate in the society.
“It is not guns, it is not ammunition, it is not armoured tank that will solve the problems.
“Government is trying to find solution but not looking into the fundamental causes of why youths are into crime.
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“It is therefore necessary for government to provide alternative employment schemes to ensure youths are engaged and pre-occupied.
“This will help to divert their mindset from acts of criminality, so that they would be productive and self-reliant.”
Galadima identified lack of funds and negligence as the factors hindering youth empowerment.
He advised government to ensure that policies aimed at empowering youths were effectively implemented, adding that “it is the actual implementation of such programmes that is lacking.”
According to him, as long as youths remain unemployed and not engaged, incidence of crime will increase.
Galadima , however, advised young people to align themselves with activities geared toward contributing to nation building to ensure better future for themselves.