Council of Commandants and Board of Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) on Friday, referred to as on President Muhammadu Buhari to “reevaluate and rethink his selection to withhold his assent” to the Peace Corps Invoice.
The President had on Tuesday, transmitted to the Nationwide Assembly that he was withholding assent on the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Monthly bill for absence of resources and duplication of duties of current protection agencies.
But at a push briefing in Abuja Friday, the leadership of the Corps said there was no protection agency in Nigeria that was at the moment undertaking the features ascribed to Peace Corps in the stated Bill.
“The capabilities of the Nigerian Peace Corps as succinctly captured in the Bill do not in any way conflict with that of the functions of any current safety agencies but is completely civil, which is to notice as an arbiter of peace, youth volunteerism, keeping and sustaining a amount of proactiveness and courier of data for impending nefarious routines and plots that can lead to the breakdown of peace and purchase everywhere in Nigeria”, Nationwide Commandant, Amb (Dr.) Dickson Akoh said.
Akoh considered that, there was in no way a time in the record of Nigeria that the will need for peace has develop into fiercely urgent like now, expressing, “the President may have been misled into taking this decision”.
He mentioned, “the purpose of the Peace Corps is obviously unique from that of common stability and paramilitary organisations, hence its placement underneath the Federal Ministry of Sports activities and Youths Advancement. The powers conferred on the Nigerian Peace Corps in the Monthly bill do not also include arms bearing, investigation, detention and prosecution”.
Akoh explained “similar organisations like the Nigerian Peace Corps exist in quite a few other nations around the world of the environment including the American Peace Corps, Canadian Peace Corps, Bangladesh National Cadet Corps, Peace Officers Commission in China, Chinese Labour Corps, Lera Uniform Corps of Malaysia, Malaysian People today Volunteer Corps, Generation and Development Corps of China.”
On the justification of paucity of cash, Akoh stated the resource of resources for NPC as enshrined in the Invoice did not exclusively spot the load on the federal govt, as worldwide donor organizations ended up also encapsulated to give grants and donations to the Corps.
He believed that “peace has in no way been costlier than crisis and the price tag for peace is inestimable. 1 of the principal targets of the Peace Corps is deployment to educational institutions and faculties to encourage peace, sniff and sieve intelligence. This could have prevented the modern abduction of our ladies at the Girls Secondary University in Dapchi, Yobe state”.
Akoh lamented that, “a Invoice which was broadly supported with in excess of 500 memoranda, which includes federal government organizations, traditional rulers, civil modern society organisations, scholar bodies and many others could just be jettisoned by information from a couple of protection businesses who opposed to the establishment of the Corps from the commencing.”
Inspite of the President’s selection, the Peace Corps claimed it would “continue to have esteem self-assurance on Mr. President’s management of this fantastic country”, even as it acknowledged the guidance of the users of the Nationwide Assembly and many groups as the journey proceeds.
In the meantime, the Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Nationwide Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, took to his twitter on Friday, to urge President Buhari to rescind his final decision on the Peace Corps Monthly bill.
The APC Senator said, “The President must rescind his choice. He should really indicator the Peace Corps Monthly bill. The organisation need to be assigned to defend colleges from gunmen and kidnappers”.