The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has urged government at all levels and other stakeholders to empower more youths in 2018 to eradicate crime and other vices.
A leader of the group in Plateau, Mrs Mairo Sani, said on Monday in Jos that the government should establish more indsutries and skills acquisition centres to engage the youths.
Sani said when youths were engaged, the challenge of insurgency and social vices would be reduced and the country would record accelerated development.
“I urge the government to create enabling environment for both local and international investors to establish industries, especially in agro and allied ventures.
“This will provide more employment for the youths and source of livelihood. Moreover, for the skilled persons, they will be engaged in different crafts.
“These industries will also provide infrastructure such as health centres, schools and roads, especially for their host communities, and this will reduce the over-dependence on government for such issues,” she said.
The FOMWAN official reiterated that peace was a criterion for development, saying “no investor wants to establish a business in a society where there is no peace”.
She condemned the situation where politicians engaged youths as “foot soldiers” for nefarious activities.
Sani also urged government and other organisations to give grants and provide micro-credit to help youths to establish their businesses.