The increasing number of crimes in Adamawa State: gangsterism, theft, kidnapping, robbery, and drug abuse is in one way or the other related to the high rate of unemployment. The insecurity the state has been experiencing could be directly connected to the increasing number of redundant youths in the state.
As these impediments continue to threaten the future of youths and the peace of the state in general, secondary schools, polytechnics, colleges, and universities across the country continue to graduate tens of thousands of youths every year. This means the graduates automatically join the unemployed group, hence their future remains uncertain.
It is pertinent that government, traditional rulers, and the elite should note that the fight against insecurity in the state goes beyond engaging security personnel to deal with the wrongdoers. To improve job security, governors must learn to bury their differences, set aside party distinctions, and continue with their predecessors’ projects especially if the programmes have to do with youths’ empowerment. In Adamawa, the shutdown of numerous skill acquisition centres is spiking the state’s crime rate. The centres were training ground for thousands of youths across the state.
The government should, therefore, note that concentrating more attention on youths’ empowerment programmes will facilitate the smooth conduct of affairs in the state.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, once said “We need to give importance to skill development because this way we can end unemployment.” According to Austrian-British economist, F.A. Hayek, “Unemployment or the loss of income which will always affect some in any society is certainly less degrading if it is the result of misfortune and not deliberately imposed by authority.”
Bilyaminu Kong-kol, Bayero University, Kano
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