Dr John Kennedy Opara, the pioneer Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has advocated the training of youths on farming and other skills as solutions to the nation’s security challenges.
Opara made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his Called Servant to Service (CSS) Integrated Farms on Abuja-Keffi Expressway in Nasarawa State.
He urged the Federal Government to conduct a census of unemployed youths in the country and organise skills acquisition training programmes for them in different areas and places, most importantly farming.
He said that the current insecurity in the country carried out mainly by the youths would be a thing of the past if the youths were self-reliant and not dependent on others for survival.
“I want to recommend that every state of the federation must do a census of the unemployed youths starting from the local government areas.
“Let the people come and register and then the government can know the number of people that are unemployed, then they can organise training for them in farming and other skills in different places and areas.
“Some can go into sewing, value addition, farming, hydroponics among others.
“And, when they are trained and equipped, I am telling you that we will have millionaires, who will be independent and we won’t bother about kidnapping.”