The Peace Corps of Nigeria has urged President Buhari to reconsider and sign the Bill establishing the Peace Corps which was passed by the National Assembly.
The national commandant of the corps, Dickson Akoh, made this known at the Board of Trustees and National Executive Committee meeting which took place on Friday, March 2, in Abuja, the nations’ capital, Independent Reports.
Akoh stated that the corps “could have prevented the abduction of the Dapchi school girls in Yobe.”
He said: “We want the president to assent to the bill, if not for any reason, but for the social and productive engagement of our teeming youths in line with his campaign promises.
“The president’s withholding his assent to our bill notwithstanding, we will continue to have esteem confidence in Mr President’s leadership.”
He insisted that the bill was meant to give statutory backing to the organization; and pointed out that similar organizations exist in other countries.
“In every ideal democracy and advance society, the government should seek to explore all avenues to empower and socially engage the youth in order to reduce the social consequences of their idleness.
“It is, therefore, towards this aim that I wish to restate for the umpteenth time that similar organisations like the Peace Corps exist in several other countries of the world including America, Canada, Bangladesh and so on,” Akoh added.
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