- The use members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria has been banned in Jigawa state
- Sarki Baba, the permanent secretary, special service directorate, in Dutse, with the backing of the state government, issued a statement on Monday, April 16, to that effect
- In the statement, Baba remarked that any ministry, department or agency caught engaging the services of the Peace Corps will be sanctioned
The government of Jigawa state has ordered all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to end the use of the services of the members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).
The directive is contained in a statement issued by Sarki Baba, the permanent secretary, special service directorate, in Dutse on Monday, April 16. It also warned all the 27 local government councils in the state against employing the PCN members, Premium Times reports.
It was remarked in the statement that some MDAs were still making use of the corps even after President Muhammadu Buhari had declined assent to the bill that set it up. The statement read: “The Jigawa State Government has banned ministries, departments and agencies and local government councils against dealing with the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
“The government has observed that some ministries and agencies are still patronising the corps despite the presidential rejection of the bill establishing it.
"So all MDAs and local government council should take note that henceforth, earring government institutions will be sanctioned."
The bill, though have scaled through some scrutiny by the legislature, has been turned down by the presidency.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had insisted on the proscription of the activities of the PCN describing the group as illegal.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, January 16, the police said the operation of the Peace Corps remains illegal and accused it of engaging in crime.
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