The increasing wave of crime couple with negative internet usage by young people in the last decade due to the continuous downturn in the Nation’s economy and the moral decadence led to the creation of the Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria has called for a very urgent need to stem the negative trend. During this period a lot of innocent lives were lost during armed robbery, burglary or rape, due to the spiraling incidences of robbery associated with rape of the victims.
Thus many hypertensive cases were recorded and some sexually transmitted diseases are also transferred during the process. On the other hand the psychological trauma that is inherited by the victims gives a lot of worry to both the victims and their immediate families.
Since cultism is spreading unabated, the use of drugs in schools (at all levels) due to its close usage by cultists has also sky rocketed. Many have even contacted the killer disease through the use of previously used sharp objects by druggists.
The apparent need for a training/enlightenment of youth who are ready instruments in the hand of politicians and our supposed leaders in different communities cannot however be over emphasized.
The joblessness of youths of differ ages and/or the restlessness of these cadre of the nations population has resulted according to our study in the indiscriminate use of aid invention of means of livelihood that are shameful to say the least.
All of these above and some others like it are what has propelled the pioneers of Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria to think of possibilities of ensuring that the negative trends are stemmed so that the present youths indeed becomes the real hope of the Nation positively.
Youth Crime Watch was established in 2002 when over fifty young people came together to address the growing rates of crimes, violence and drug in the city of Ibadan, Oyo State capital. This program has spread to other states of the federation including but not limited to Ondo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ebonyi, Kwara, Imo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Kogi, FCT to mention but few. The successful pilot Youth Crime Watch program was located in St. Teresa’s College, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, where it experienced much success. In the first year of the program’s implementation, students helped to reduce their school crime problem. Equally important was the change in the students’ attitudes. They were learning they could make a positive difference. Students were reporting crime, saw positive results and enjoyed significantly improved morale and school spirit.
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