IT'S dangerous to allow youths to remain idle because it increases their level of frustration.
These were the words of the director of the USP's Labasa campus, Dr Samuela Bogitini, at the opening of the two-day divisional youth conference in Labasa yesterday.
A large number of youths, Dr Bogitini said, were capable, devoted, dedicated idealists and fond of work.
"It's a great national wastage if these energetic hands and brains are not provided with some form of work to meet the needs of the nation," Dr Bogitini told the Youth Ministry-facilitated workshop.
"What I think should be done is to engage them in schemes and projects for the purpose of self-discovery and self-assessment.
"It's a confidence-building process that can provide some form of direction which, hopefully, can lead to the pursuance of constructive work."
Dr Bogitini said this massive manpower could do wonders provided its enthusiasm was harnessed for development.
"Fijian youths have never lagged behind when called upon to meet a challenge. It's for the national leaders to help in mobilising their abilities and provide them with direction.
"If we exclude the youths, the rest of the population in the country will comprise of old people and children and I can say that our workforce will not be productive.
"By enlisting the co-operation and involvement of the massive youth army, we will be able to push our country forward."