Time for government to keep its promises

2015-06-24 06:00


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EMPTY government promises justify detrimental deeds tempting the youth.

As we celebrate Youth Month, it would be of paramount importance for the government to keep its promises of empowering the youth.

Government often makes numerous promises to attract the youth, awarding scholarships to further studies and maximize job opportunities upon completion of their educational programmes.

However, when graduates complete their studies, the government does not keep its end of the bargain by supplying job opportunities.

We are often encouraged to further our studies to be ready to take over the country tomorrow. Because we are the future.

It is a great pity that the government itself does not realise that the future is in fact the vast number of unemployed graduates at home. Unemployment highlighted by Wageng Mekwa (Express Goldfields andamp; NFS, 17 June) is creating a vicious cycle for youths.

The youth play part in educating themselves; but, at the end of the day, they remain the ones doing the job hunting.

Questions I am asking are: Were institutions of higher learning meant to educate people to be unemployed and remain home? Were these institutions meant for people to forget their qualifications and engage in alarming criminal activities?

Absolutely not. Universities are not meant to produce ambassadors of crime. But at times, youths have no choice.

When hunger hits the stomach, one must respond.

It is the very same unemployed graduates who took the initiative of educating themselves with the intention of bringing sustainable change and development into the country, their lives and their families.

It is the very same unemployed youth who dream of utilising their education for sustainable change and for the bettering of the lives of the youths of tomorrow.

It is the very same unemployed graduates who one day wish to take the country by storm through their expertise in the corporate world.

But instead they are the ones sitting at home with unexploited expertise. They are often told to create opportunities for themselves X which is true . But why is the government not keeping its promi-ses?

Empty promises lead to youths getting involved in gangsterism as an alternative. They end up engaging in malicious criminal actions because of the bitterness of being disappointed.

It is time that government leaders get down from their pedestals and engage with the youths who experience these heart-wrenching challenges.

It is important that they assist the youth in finding possible solutions to all the challenges.

This will help eradicate the high level of unemployment, unplanned pregnancies, illegitimate children, ill-health and various criminal activities.

It is noteworthy to mention that unemployment does not justify nasty criminal actions.

If it were possible X which it is X for the government to keep its promises, I strongly believe that the crime rate would be lower.

I strongly believe that some of the crimes would not have happened.

It is therefore a singular plea: that the government take the centre stage and keep its unkept promises. ) The writer, Keforilwe Obakeng, is a 23-year-old student doing his Masters’ degree in clinical social work at the North-West University

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