28th November, 2011
The National Forum for Enugu Peoples Association (NAFEPA) on Sunday urged Enugu State Government to address the problem of employment to reduce crime rate among youths.
NAFEPA said this in a communique made available to newsmen in Lagos after its quarterly meeting.
The communique, jointly signed by NAFEPAâ€™s President, Mr Pius Ike and its Secretary, Mr Crescent Ani, said that â€œtackling unemployment will also improve general security of lives and property in the stateâ€.
â€œThe crime rate among youths in Enugu State is high. We, therefore, implore the state government to tackle unemployment, to reduce crime rate among them.
â€œWe believe that if the youths are gainfully employed, it will also increase security in the state.â€
NAFEPA urged the government to enlighten the indigenes, to enable them to utilise opportunity of their quota in the Federal Civil Service.
It urged government to restore the accreditation of most courses at the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, and improve the conditions of higher institutions in the state.
The communique also said the state should create Free Trade Zones, to aid economic development, adding that it should provide a conducive environment for movie industry to return.
It further urged the government to create an enabling environment to actualise the dream of the Federal Government to build a coal-powered station in the state.
NAFEPA also criticised the disengagement of non-indigenes from the Abia State Civil Service.
It appealed to Enugu State Government to absorb its indigenes affected by the retrenchment done by the Abia StateÂ Government.
The communique also urged the Federal Government to monitor the contractor handling the upgrade of Akanu Ibiam Airport Enugu, to hasten completion of the project.