The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has urged governments at all levels and wealthy individuals to do more in the creation of jobs for youths to curb criminality.
“Governments at all levels should emphasise building more industries; while wealthy individuals and communities can build cottage industries to complement government efforts,” the commandant of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, Valentine Afrika said.
He said this at the command’s motivation celebration of its rank and file personnel, who had put in dedication and resilience to their duties in 2021.
Mr Afrika urged residents to also “exploit collective community efforts” to see that places of work can be provided for the teeming jobless youths roaming most communities.
According to him, youths are lured into many acts of criminalities including intake of hard drugs as a result of their idleness.
“If there is adequate employment for virtually all youths, I sincerely believe that crime will be reduced to the barest minimum and almost all our youths will be useful to themselves, families and communities,” he said.
The commandant appealed to residents of the state to assist the corps with credible security information to ensure safety of lives and property, adding: “Security remains everybody’s business’’.
Mr Afrika thanked the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, for his steadfastness and vision to take the corps’ image to greater height and make it the best security formation in the country.
On the Command’s Motivation Celebration of its rank and file personnel, the commandant said that the rank and file personnel of the command had done creditably well in 2021 and had remained a source of pride to the command.
According to him, due to their continuous exceptional performance, the corps authorities graciously promoted 126 rank and file personnel in the command in 2021 after they all virtually passed their promotion exams.