A former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Alwali Kazir on Monday called on the Federal Government to revive the Ajaokuta Steel and Itakpe Iron Ore in Kogi to provide jobs.
He also appealed to the people of Ebira land in the state to embrace peace to usher in development of the area.
Kazir made the call at a book launch in Abuja.
He said that it had become imperative to check unemployment, especially in Ebira land to avoid youth restiveness.
Kazir traced the origin of anti-social behaviours among the youths in the area to the rising unemployment.
The former army chief said that if the two establishments were revived, they would provide jobs for the youths and shield them from anti- social behaviour.
Kazir, who was one time governor of old Kwara, where Kogi was carved out from, also urged the people of Ebira land to embrace peace so that the socio-political development of the area could be achieved.
The former Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Dr Tom Adaba, commended the author of the book and requested that the book be re-launched in Ebira land.
``This is necessary so that the youths can imbibe the ideas contained in the book and inject it into their action in the society to promote peace and development.
``This will also go a long way in changing the mindset of the youths so that they can turn over a new leaf,” he said.
The author of the book, Mr Sunday Lawal, thanked God for sustaining his life and enabled him to accomplish some feats to better the society and humanity.
He called on the leaders in the area to display good tendencies that would make them role models for the youths to emulate.
The senator representing Kogi Central, Sen. Nurudeen Abatemi, commended the author for writing the book.
He expressed optimism that the book would go a long way in affecting the lives of the people positively, especially the people of Ebira land.
Abatem urged the people to emulate the lifestyle of the author, who he said had remained ``a shining example and a good ambassador of Ebira land.’’