Former army Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, says he’s optimistic that the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) invoice presently earlier than the Nationwide Meeting will likely be handed by the lawmakers.
He additionally expressed optimism that President Muhammad Buhari would signal the handed invoice into regulation.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) stories that Gowon spoke on Saturday at a ceremony to mark the twenty third anniversary of PCN. The retired Military Normal served because the chairman of the event held in Abuja.
Represented by retired Maj. Gen. Chris Garba, Gowon stated that volunteer actions of the corps wanted to be additional supported by means of laws to supply the outfit the authorized instrument essential to enhancing its operations.
He urged Nigerians to stay constructive concerning the nation, declaring that the present state of insecurity and instability was “solely a passing section that won’t be with us perpetually”.
He additionally urged residents to hope and help the federal government within the battle towards insecurity, incessant assaults and kidnapping.
“The seventh, eighth and ninth meeting have made a number of inputs and enhancement on the invoice.
“The ninth meeting will do additional justice to move the invoice; I’m very optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will assent to it,” Gowon stated.
Earlier, the Nationwide Commandant of PCN, Prof. Dickson Akoh, had stated that July 10 of yearly was very vital to the PCN calendar being its founders day and his (Akoh’s) birthday.
Akoh described the PCN as an concept whose time had come, whereas narrating the historical past of the corps.
“It is a distinctive alternative for stocktaking and Thanksgiving to God for divine sustenance and likewise venture the way in which ahead for the organisation,” he declared.
In response to him, the PCN was birthed in 1998 as a tiny ember of his creativeness with solely few people.
“It has now blossomed right into a colossus with over 187,000 youths comprising of standard members and volunteers, largely graduates of various disciplines.”
The nationwide commandant urged the Federal Authorities to take pressing steps to create job alternatives for unemployed youths with the intention to preserve them busy.
He referred to as on the youths to keep away from all types of violence and infinite agitations.
A number of authorities dignitaries, politicians, youth organisations and conventional rulers attended the event.
Among the many conventional rulers was Alhaji Adamu Inusa, Ona of Abaji and Chairman, Council of Conventional Rulers within the Federal Capital Territory.