A legal practitioner, Mr I feanyi Moses, on Wednesday called on youths who indulge in crimes to desist from justifying their actions and attributing them to unemployment.
Moses gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
The lawyer, who described the crime rate in the country as “alarming”, said that there was need to call on the youths, mostly the perpetrators of crime within the system to order.
“One does not need to be employed by another before he or she makes progress but people must develop their natural skills and talents and use it for their good.
“You hear them say, I am a graduate of a particular school but I have been jobless for so, so and so years.
“In the age that we live in, where others have become millionaires through self employment; it is an unjustifiable excuse.
“Help yourselves so that government too can help you. If they don’t, some other organisations will.
“We have lots of NGOs, international ones, who watch out for hard working personalities, especially among the youths and they assist them where need be.
“It is really sickening listening to those unjustifiable excuses for wrong doings and these people are mostly physically fit.”
Moses said that unemployment had undoubtedly a huge impact on the rising crime rate in the country.
He said that while government was putting out measures to tackle the situation, the people must be patient as the look for “good and reasonable alternatives” to be effectively engaged in order for the society to move forward.
He called on relevant stakeholders including CSOs and NGOs to take into consideration both technical and financial assistance for youth orientation and empowerment programes.
“Government must not relent, so also non-governmental organisations.
“I know there are so many platforms that handle some of these issues but let us make it very accessible.
“Let us continue to support those outside the labour force through skill trainings and the likes.
“Some have no academic qualifications and in need of remedial education; scholarships will be good for such groups.”