Former navy Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, says he’s optimistic that the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) invoice presently earlier than the Nationwide Meeting can be handed by the lawmakers.
He additionally expressed optimism that President Muhammad Buhari would signal the handed invoice into legislation.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews 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 mentioned 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 part that won’t be with us endlessly”.
He additionally urged residents to hope and assist the federal government within the battle in opposition to 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 go the invoice; I’m very optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari will assent to it,” Gowon mentioned.
Earlier, the Nationwide Commandant of PCN, Prof. Dickson Akoh, had mentioned 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 thought whose time had come, whereas narrating the historical past of the corps.
“This can be a distinctive alternative for stocktaking and Thanksgiving to God for divine sustenance and likewise undertaking the way in which ahead for the organisation,” he declared.
In keeping with 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 a purpose to preserve them busy.
He referred to as on the youths to keep away from all types of violence and countless 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.