A youth leader, Mr Ajibade Olarenwaju, on Tuesday, appealed to Lagos State and Federal Governments to involve youths in the distribution of the COVID-19 relief items in the state.
Olarenwaju, who represents youth wing of Dopemu Phase One Community Development Association (CDA) in Agege Local Government Area of the state made the appeal while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos.
He also said that extending the gesture to the youths would curb the rising wave of crime and criminality.
The youth leader said that the youths know the grassroots more and command influence in the neighbourhood.
“If youth leaders are incorporated into the distribution process of the government palliatives, the real vulnerable people in the society would be reached.
He also appealed to the government to include youths among the beneficiaries of its palliatives to give succour to those whose livelihoods were affected by the lockdown.
“Youths can ensure the success of any venture, and that is why I am appealing to both Lagos state and federal governments to involve youth leaders in this distribution of relief items, especially to the vulnerable group.
“There are many youths, who are either unemployed or underemployed, so they are poor.
“Those categories of youths are also vulnerable and should be assisted by government to tame crime ad criminality,’’ he said.
Olarenwaju recalled how his group mobilised youths in Dopemu on Easter Sunday to assist security agencies to prevent the dreaded “Awawa criminal cult” from invading Dopemu area.
“Hunger is not an excuse for crime and I have been pleading with youths to imbibe high moral values.’’
A commercial tricycle operator, Mr Oni Rasheed who is also a member of the Dopemu Phase two Youth Group also appealed to the state government include the tricycle operators in the relief package.
“We earn money daily from riding the tricycles, only if we work.
“Now that we are at home because of the lockdown, we are broke, our children are hungry; government should assist us fast,’’ Rasheed said.
Also lamenting the situation, Mrs Cynthia Gbajumo, a resident in Shasha said that another cult group, known as “One Million Boys” robbed a market in broad daylight on Easter Monday.
Gbajumo said that the horror continued when the hoodlums returned to continue their terror and robbery activities in her Shasha community in the Egbeda area at night.
“Yesterday afternoon the One Million Boys entered this Baale market here in Egbeda, snatching bags and beating traders that refuse to give them money.
“Thank God for our youths that formed themselves into vigilante groups and made bonfires to ward off the cult group,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, the Police on Monday said they arrested 191 suspected miscreants in connection with attacks on Lagos and Ogun border communities.
The Police have also deployed more personnel to enhance security in the areas.
By Our correspondent