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Nigeria fully ripe to have own statutory Peace Corps, Abuja monarch.

A traditional ruler in Abuja, Alhaji Umaru Bayero has clarified that Nigeria is now fully ripe to have her statutory Peace Corps like the advanced nations of the world.

Alhaji Bayero who is the District Head of Gwarinpa Community opined that once the Peace Corps of Nigeria becomes a statutory body, the on-going youth restiveness in the country would give way.

Speaking at a 3-day retreat and leadership training for the principal officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria PCN holding in Abuja, the monarch appealed

In his own speech, the District Head of Gwarinpa,  Alhaji Umaru Bayero called

for speedy passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill by the National Assembly and transmission of same to the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for assent to make PCN a statutory body.

The Gwarinpa District Community Head said that traditional rulers are feeling the heat of the youth restiveness than any other groups because they live with the youths.

According to him, the involvement of peace corps officers in community development would a great advantage to the country as soon as the organization becomes a statutory body.

He pleaded with President Tinubu not to hestate to give assent to the Nigeria Peace Corps Establishment Bill when transmitted to him adding that high level of education of the Corps officers would make community development achievable.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's Minister of Youth Development, Dr Jamila Bio Ibrahim has warmed youths in the country against using the downturn in the economy as a license to go into crimes.

The Minister explained that economic downturn is a global phenomenon and not peculiar to Nigeria alone, hence, should not be used as justification for any form of criminality.

She issued the warning in Abuja on Thursday at a Retreat and Leadership Training Course for principal officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The Minister whose speech was delivered by the Chief Youth Development Officer of the Federal Minister of Youth Development, Mr Isaac Adeyinka Adeagbo appealed to youths to be more focused in the face of the challenging economy.

Specifically, the Minister counselled the youths to use the challenge posed by the economy to prepare themselves to be socially and economically responsible.

While thanking the Peace Corps of Nigeria for organizing the retreat, the Minister assured that her Ministry would always partner with any youth development organization in the country in the task of building an egalitarian nation.

She appealed to the generality of Nigerians to embrace and preach peace adding that no meaningful development can take place without peace and security.

"As for all well meaning Nigerians, all hands must be on deck to achieve the new hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu so as to take Nigeria back to the right path", the Minister pleaded.

Also speaking at the occasion, the National Commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Ameh Akoh appealed to the federal government to create opportunity for youths to grow and contribute to the general development of the country.

He pleaded with the President Tinubu to be prepared to give assent to the Nigeria Peace Corps Establishment Bill when passed by the National Assembly adding that it would serve as the greatest presidential gift to youths in Nigeria.”

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