Youths advised to invest their time meaningfully and resist attempts to influence them negatively or lure them to crime.
A representative of the Presidential Taskforce on National Committee Against Touting and other Related Matters (NCAT) in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Onochie Peter-Gerald Odoh gave the advice while speaking on the first ever World Youth Skill Day (WYSD) tagged “Youth Skills for Work and Life in the post 2015 Agenda.”
He adorned the United Nation (UN) resolution on December 2014 to proclaim July 15 as WYSD aimed at raising awareness on the essence of investing in youth skills development by promoting and highlighting the critical importance of sound policies, knowledge, management, advocacy and multi-stakeholders partnerships in line with the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 which proposes two goals on education and skills for employment.
Onochie Odoh regretted that many youths are at crossroads with lots of potentials and resources untapped and emphasized on the need for the young ones to acquire vocational, technical and entrepreneur skills and not rely solely on the scarce white collar jobs.
He urged Nigerians to go back to farming and depend less on the dwindling oil, recalling that agriculture used to be the mainstay of the nation’s economy before the discovery of oil in 1958.
The NCAT official decried the spate of crime wave – armed robbery, kidnapping, gangsterism, insurgency, terrorism, bombings and killings, calling all hands on deck for a peaceful world order.
In a similar development. parents and wards have been called upon to watch their young ones against cultism.
Ahiazu Mbaise Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Superintendent of Police (SP) Danjuma Ragga made the call when six secondary school students, including girls were caught initiating new members, recently.