The Coordinator, Youth Group of The Community of Hashem Worldwide, an NGO, Mr Isaac Nwankwo has called on the Federal Government to work out a scheme that would absorb many of the unemployed youths in the country, to reduce crime.
Nwankwo made the call on Friday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that engaging the youth meaningfully would also would not only reduce crime but also check corruption in the country.
Nwankwo said the organisation had prepared to host a global youth conference scheduled for April 30 in Abuja with the theme “Leadership in Action”.
Nwankwo said the planned conference was an initiative established to empower young adults under 40 with sound leadership skills that would make them contribute effectively to the development of the country.
He said the second edition of the conference would attract key resource persons to speak on timeless principles of leadership, how to succeed in politics, talent management and ways to increase communal wealth.
“ If we get it right with the youth, the future will be very rewarding, otherwise, life will be worse than what we see today,’’ he said.
Nwankwo said at the end of the conference, young people would be able to identify their core strengths and empowered with tested transformation principles of leadership to achieve success in their future endeavours.
He also said that this year’s conference sought to provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange, capacity building and networking for young people.
“We appeal to the Federal Government, particularly the Presidency, to take advantage of this event.
“The event serves as an opportunity to educate the Nigerian youth on government’s plans for the growth and development of Nigeria.’’
He also called on the government to increase effort in finding lasting solution to issues concerning the youth who constitute the largest segment of population in the country.
He stressed that for Nigeria to have minimal corruption and crime and attain significant development, government must engage the young people.
According to him, the effort will dissuade the youth, especially the unemployed from engaging in one crime or the other.