Opinion

EDITORIAL-We Must Get Our People To Work To Keep Them Away From Crime

Last week we were shocked by new information on sexual offences against our women and children. This week we get another shock treatment with serious crime statistics released by the
06 Jun 2017 09:26
EDITORIAL-We Must Get Our People To Work To Keep Them Away From Crime

Last week we were shocked by new information on sexual offences against our women and children.

This week we get another shock treatment with serious crime statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Eight one people were charged with a total of 88 counts of separate incidents in May. The offences were murder (three), attempted murder (one), manslaughter (one), aggravated robbery (13), robbery  with violence (one), aggravated burglary (25), theft (25),  receiving stolen property (three), assault (two),  assault with intent to cause bodily harm (five), dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm (one), driving with excess alcohol (one), breach of domestic violence restraining order (one), conspiracy (one), damaging property (one), possession of illicit drugs (one).

Everyone should be alarmed by the statistics.

These crimes are usually committed by people who are idle and looking for something to do. Some are desperate for money.

The solution is to teach and direct these people to gainful employment or some form of productive work.

We cannot  just sit there and whinge and moan and expect things to happen magically. Some blame the Government for unemployment.

But what good would that do? Unemployment is not only confined to Fiji, it’s a global phenomenon.

It’s a result of rapid urbanisation and the move to automation where robots have taken over from humans on the factory floors. We also know that  when we grow our economy through new investment, we  create new jobs.

We can do all we can but there will always be unemployment.

Wherever there is land, sea and river, there is hope. And that’s what we have in Fiji. There is so much vacant  and unused land around that can be utilised and converted for economic gains. We have our marine resources that many are already using to survive in terms of food and commercial purpose.

We need to direct our unemployed into these areas so that they can be productive.

Let’s get everyone working. For those who are unemployed and live in a place where there is vacant land that can be used, plant crops and vegetables that can grow there.

Communities, faith groups, relevant Government ministries, schools and other stakeholders can work together to help our unemployed become productive.

In several communities, youth groups have been set up with the help of  Minister Laisenia Tuitubou’s ministry to engage youths in activities that will keep them busy with projects that also earn money for them.

We should get our  people to work if we are to keep them away from criminal activities. We must teach them that there is no other substitute for work.

 

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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