Sign Peace Corps bill, youths beg Buhari

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National Commandant of the Corps, Dickson Akoh, wants the president to sign the bill
National Commandant of the Corps, Dickson Akoh, wants the president to sign the bill

By Ikenna Uwadileke

A group of youths under the aegis of National Youth Council of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill into law.

The group made the request when they stormed the National Assembly complex to appreciate the lawmakers for passing the Bill.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the Senate on Nov. 24. passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill into law.

The development gave approval for the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps as an agency under the Ministry of Interior.

The National Chairman of the group, Mr Murtala Garba, told newsmen that there was urgent need for the President’s accent to the bill in order to address the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

“We are here to appreciate the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives for passing the Peace Corps bill and we so much believe this will give jobs to the teeming youths in the country.

“Thousands of youths will get jobs through this administration and we the Nigerian youths are calling on Mr President to ensure this bill becomes law.

“This is another opportunity for Mr President to demonstrate his sensitivity to the plights of the unemployed youths in the country.

“He should endorse it and we believe in his capacity as a man of the youths; we are calling on him, please we are jobless.

“So this is the opportunity just the way people are appreciating former President Ibrahim Babangida over Federal Road Safety Corps and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,’’ Garba said.

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill among others seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood Watch and Nation-building.


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