115,000 youths trained as peace officers

OVER 115,000 youths have so far been trained and commissioned as staff officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The national commandant of Peace Corps, Dr Dickson Akor, stated this on Monday at the passing out parade/commissioning of gentlemen cadets of Peace Corps at Aliade, headquarters of Gwer local government area of Benue State.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria bill under ministry of youth’s development has passed third reading and passage at the House of Representatives and second reading the senate, Akor noted that when it eventually passed to law will help in sustainable development and compliment in peace efforts in the country.

When asked whether Federal Government would be able to absorb all the staff strength when the bill is passed to law, Akor explained that the motive of the bill was not purely to earn conventional employment but to promote voluntary organisation where youths can contribute to national development.

The national commandant however appealed to the relevant agencies of government at various levels to formulate policies that will enable them identify with the various lawful youth organisations in the country for the purpose of building synergy for corporate collaboration.

In his address at the occasion, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom commended the initiative of the national commandant, stating that the country at this time deserves peace considering the emergence of insurgency across the nation.

Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, reiterated the willingness of the state to partner with the Peace Corps to be able to provide needed peace in the state.