A cleric, Rev. Maxwell Onyia, has enjoined parents and guardians to mentor and encourage youths to be productive as they attain the age of responsibility.
Onyia gave the advice on Sunday in a homily he delivered at the Anglican Church of Ascension, Enugu.
The cleric, who is also the Priest-in-Charge of the Church, said that parents and guardians have a huge responsibility of making sure “no youth around them is idle during productive hours’’.
According to him, whether the youths like it or not, parents, guardians and adults should keep talking to them and showing them right examples to follow.
“No youth should be allowed to be idle or doing the opposite when he or she should engage in productive ventures during the day time.
“They should be encouraged to go to school, read and study hard to make it in life, while those who did not go to higher school or those who have finished higher school should never be allowed to sit idle at home.
“They should be mentored and encouraged to go and learn a trade or join someone already doing a productive venture.
“I say it again, we should not allow anyone especially youths to be idle or be a liability in our families, neighbourhoods or communities,’’ he said.
Onyia, however, urged youths to take advantage of various e-learning training — e-marketing and digital economy or e-money trading.
“Also, they can register to learn e-repairs of mechanical devices like vehicles.
“There are lots of opportunities opened in the e-platforms, which is the future,’’ he said. (NAN)