Minister responsible for youth affairs Myron Walwyn has called on residents to form mentoring groups for youngsters who are engaging in illegal activities at the community level.
Walwyn made the call following fresh reports that persons are using the basketball court in Huntum’s Ghut as a hub to conduct illegal activities.
According to one resident who feared being singled out for raising an alarm, local government needs to intervene urgently.
He was speaking at a poorly-attended public meeting with residents of the Fifth Electoral District at Althea Scatliffe Primary School yesterday.
“It (illegal activities) is in my area [and] I take pride in this area. I have mentioned it to several people. Nobody doing nothing about it,” the resident said.
“Let’s try to save our youths and do something about locking up that place (the basketball court). The activities don’t look good… so please do something about that. I think that you all should make it a priority. Try to get it under control because it is not a nice scene,” the residents said while addressing government officials.
But, Minister Walwyn said closing the basketball court is not the appropriate solution.
“We have to look at the bigger problem… Form a little group, and do a little mentoring with them [the youths]. Try to get them to do the right thing because once you close that facility; if they are set on doing that (illegal activities), they will move to another location,” Walwyn said.
The minister said the matter was brought to his attention before the September hurricanes. He said the ministry had started to address the issue and will give the matter attention once more.
A number police busts – mostly drug-related – have happened at the said basketball court.
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