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June 05, 2017, 6:56 PM

2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention

2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention

The 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention, which took place on the 25th of May 2017, was hosted by African Youth Summit on Crime Prevention in Partnership with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. It ended in a high note, with a call for the government and the private sector to be prevention-conscious if Nigeria and the rest of Africa must win the fight against crime.

The Summit, under the theme “value-based leadership; a panacea for the fight against crime in Nigeria,” saw speakers upon speakers re-emphasize the importance of a prevention approach in crime fighting, as compared to the reactionary approach being used by Nigeria and most African countries, because it is cheap and safe.

The Summit, which was chaired by Barrister Eze Eluchie, Executive Director of PADDI Foundations, recorded 470 participants across the country. Both speakers and youth participants agreed that meaningful youth engagement through job creation and empowerment remains the most viable prevention tool that can stop young people from going into criminal activities, because an “idle mind remains the devil workshop.”

The high rate of youth involvement in cyber-crime, kidnapping, drug abuse, illegal trafficking and armed robbery was at the front burner. Other topics, which reflected upon the role of the judiciary, legislature, agriculture and science and technology, were also discussed.

The organizers of the Summit used the opportunity to recognize the efforts of some selected individuals, institutions and organizations that have contributed and shown commitment to the fight against crime through youth empowerment and community development: The Sun Newspaper, African Independent Television (AIT), Channels Television, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, IGP Ibrahim Idris, Comrade Kelani Yusuf, Acting President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Arije Kehinde Kamal, Sen. Sani Shehu, and many others.

Dignitaries who attended the summit include: Barr. Ambassador Phillips Obuesi, Executive Director, Community Agenda for Peace and United Nations Ambassador on SDGs, AIG Mohammed Ibrahim, ably represented by ACP Adeyimi Olopade, Engr. Ganiu Owolabi, Secretary General, United Nations Association of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, ably represented by Barrister John Ozekhome, Ambassador Felix Iziomoh, Executive Director, International Centre for Leadership Development, Nigeria.

As the curtain for the 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention falls, all suggestions and recommendations will be forwarded to the government and other relevant authorities while plans for the 2018 Summit will start immediately.

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