- The national commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his rejection of the PCN bill
- Dickson Akoh commended the president for signing the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill
- According to Akoh, Nigerian Youths have suffered neglect and denials of right to better living
As the world celebrates International Day for Youths, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider the rejected Bill for an Act to establish Nigerian Peace Corps.
The corps made the plea while commemorating the 2018 International Youth Day.
The national commandant of the corps, Dickson Akoh, said the day "provides an opportunity for the government and other stakeholders in youth development to review the challenges affecting the youths".
In a statement released on Sunday, August 12, to mark the 2018 International Youth Day, Akoh said Nigerian Youths have suffered neglect and denials of right to better living.
Akoh said: "Youths of every nation are the trustees of posterity because he who owns the youth gains the future. When the potentials of young men and women are finally put to effective use, we will witness a turn around that is so good and glaring that nations will come learning from Nigeria.”
Also commending President Buhari for signing the #NotTooYoungToRun Bill into law , Akoh urged the president to reconsider the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill for its youth capacity benefits.
“We have prayed, bled and sacrificed all, just to have His Excellency find out the truth about the Corps either from the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung or graciously inviting the leadership of the organisation.
“We long for the truth to be told about Peace Corps of Nigeria being the frontier for Peace, Training, Educating and carrying out reorientation of the Nigerian youth with a view to harnessing their leadership potentials,” Akoh said.
He noted that the Peace Corps of Nigeria currently enjoys consultative status with the African Union with a desk at the United Nations headquarters, New York City.
The corps in the rejected bill seeks for the corps to be domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, under the supervision of the minister.
Its core mandates include development, empowerment and provision of gainful employment to the youths, in order to facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services, neighbourhood Watch, nation-building and other related matters.
Also, the International Youth Day (IYD) is observed annually every August 12. It provides an opportunity for government and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Akoh had urged President Buhari to prevail on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to unseal its corporate headquarters, in line with various court orders to that effect.
The Corps also claimed it had secured over 15 valid court judgement against the Police and other security agencies in Nigeria, which none has been appealed against.
Akoh said the organisation pays as much as N13.5 million as rent annually on the sealed office.
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