By Chukwuka Ugokwe

Otuocha (Anambra East LGA), June 9, 2021 (MOI) Following rising insecurity across the nation, stakeholders have called for youths involvement as well as expansion of security surveillance services as part of effective means of checking the dangerous trend.

Some of the participants to a One-Day Security Summit organised by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), held in Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA), emphasized urgent need to address the current security challenges.

The State’s Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service, Mr Emmanuel Nwakeze, a Lawyer noted that it was regrettable that crime rate had continued to rise in geometric progression.

He urged the youths to play active roles in assisting security agencies with useful information.

While describing youths as the livewire of every nation filled with vigour, he urged them to eschew all forms of negative indulgences but rather occupy their minds with useful ventures that could add value to their lives.

“I want you to be engage in those things that will promote your future; say no to cultism, rape, banditry and terrorism.

“Be job creators, get educated as the currency for future competition, be vigilant and security-conscious,’’ Nwakeze said

Divisional Police Officer, Anambra East LGA, Mr Godwin Onyebuchi Mba, mentioned factors that could trigger insecurity to include greed, illiteracy, bad leadership, laziness and corruption.

The security expert added that youths which constitute 70 per cent of the nation’s population must be awake to societal norms and values.

He explained that youths had vital roles to play in the areas of intelligence, information gathering and dissemination, participation in leadership and orientation about security agencies to address numerous security challenges facing the nation.

In a goodwill message, National Deputy President of NYCN, Mr Innocent Nduanya, said time was ripe for the government to effectively engage youths to assist law enforcement agencies in providing security to reclaim the social space.

He, then, appealed to government at all levels to consider provision of grants and other support services to the body to enhance their activities geared toward empowering the youths.

Chairman on the occasion, Mr Alex Onukwue, while saying that the price we pay for freedom was eternal vigilance and timely remedial actions, called for more strategic planning in order to restore peace in all parts of the region.

Earlier, the Coordinator, NYCN, Anambra East Chapter, Mr Peter Nnekwe, said the summit was staged to brainstorm and cross pollinate ideas on security issues currently on the front burner.

He described the theme: “Role of Youths in Tackling Security Challenges’’, as apt, stressing that inputs from stakeholders and security experts would go a long way in assisting to chart a path to the hydra-headed security challenges. “We believe that Nigeria’s massive youth population can be exploited to improve the present security situation and to change the narratives from what presently obtains to a more desirable situation,’’ he concluded. (MOI)

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