YOUTHS in Namosi have been challenged to make use of the land available to them to enhance their livelihood.
Chief Corrections Officer Isireli Dausiga asked youth of Namosi recently where they want to be in five or 10 years' time.
"What are the chances of you ending up in prison if you are not working and all you do is drink grog all night and sleep all day?" he asked.
"Fiji is in your hands so please teach our younger generation the right way to live, to think and behave before it is too late.
"We have a generation of disobedient people, inquisitive and have no sense of dignity, living amongst us. What are you going to do about it?"
CCO Dausiga said he couldn't work alone and neither could the police "but together we can hold hands and address the issues our children are facing".
"Let's start from home and build a firm foundation and work towards a better Fiji, a secure Fiji, free, prosperous and safe for you and me and the visitors that frequent our shores."
He said there were 24 offenders from the Namosi province who were serving their time inside (correction centres) now.
CCO Dausiga challenged people at the community awareness program at Nabukavesi village in Namosi whether the province was ready to accept them back upon their release. The community awareness program, which was organised by the Fiji Police Force, was attended by about 700 people from Nabukavesi, Mau, Veivatuloa, Wainadoi and Vunisoco.
Also, CCO Dausiga said Fiji was in the hands of parents as they had an important role to ensure that their children made right decisions in life to ensure a better future.
He questioned parents on how well they knew their children and the activities they normally engaged themselves in.
"Mothers are spending more time telling stories with their friends during the day and evening and less time with their children. How much time are you spending with your kids in helping them with their homework?" CCO Dausiga asked the parents.