Governor Rauf Aregbesola Of osun state has emphasised the need for Peace corps of Nigeria to be enshrined in the law of the country.
Aregbesola stated this at the passing out parade and commissioning of 1,300 cadets of Peace Corps Of Nigeria as Officers at the NYSC camp Ede.
Represented by the permanent secretary in the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Sunday Olajide, the Governor acknowledged the service of the officers of the corps in maintain peace and order in public schools.
He disclosed that, said circular directing public schools in the state to enlist the service of the corps has been issued in recognition of their services.
The Governor, who was conferred with an award of Senior Advocate of Peace by the National commandant of the corps, said, he would continue to preach peace among all.
Earlier in his remark, the national commandant of the corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, said over ninety eight thousand youths have been engaged in promoting peace and reducing social vices and violence among the youths and the communities.
While commending the national Assembly for taking interest in the bill, Dr Akoh noted that the step will help in addressing the challenges of youth unemployment and its social consequences.
“Meanwhile, permit me to commend the senate and the house of representatives for making it possible for the Bill seeking for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps to have scaled through second Reading at both Chambers. By this singular development, the 8th National Assembly has demonstrated the unwavering passion toawrds addressing the challenges of youth unmeployemnt and its social consequence in Nigeria”
The corps boss who challenged the officers to be civil and friendly in the discharge of their duties, also advised them to be guided by the huge responsibilities and demands that lie ahead.
“With the prevalence of social vices and violence among youths, which pose potential threat to peace and security of the nation, I urge you to see it as part of your patriotic duties to co-operate with the various security Agencies towards finding a lasting solution to these ugly trends and in enthroning lasting peace in the country. This is in view of the fact that the Change Agenda of Mr President will remain a dream without an atmosphere of peace”
A member senate committee on Interior, Senator Danjuma Lar and the initiator of the bill at the house of representatives Hon Abdullahi Faruq while speaking assured that the bill for the establishment of Nigeria Peace Corps, will be passed after scaling through public hearing and the third reading at the two chambers.
The two lawmakers disclosed that public hearing for the bill has been slated for the first week of April and advised the officers to guide their conducts at their various posts, stressing that public perception of their activities will go a long way in the passage of the bill.
The highlights of the event were Demonstration Parade/Silent Drill and cultural display by the graduating cadets among