- Despite Buhari's rejection of the Peace Corps of Nigeria bill, the Gombe state governor have provided a land for the corps zonal office
- Governor Muhammadu Inuwa said Peace Corps organization should be allowed to assist the existing agencies in restoring peace and security in Nigeria
- According to Inuwa, state of Nigeria's security calls for an "all hands to be on deck" approach
The governor of Gombe state, Muhammadu Yahaya, has said the Peace Corps organization should be allowed to assist the existing agencies in restoring peace and security in Nigeria.
Speaking on Tuesday, July 9, receiving the national commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Dickson Akoh, Inuwa said the state of Nigeria's security calls for an "all hands to be on deck" mechanism.
Inuwa said such strategy is needed in the areas of intelligence gathering and neighbourhood watch and mostly not about carrying guns.
Represented by his chief of staff, Muhammad Usman, in an event attended by commandants of the six north eastern states and officials of the state ministries in Gombe, Inuwa called on President Muhammad Buhari to give speedy assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill reintroduced at the National Assembly last week.
The governor said everybody has come to the conclusion that Nigeria is sitting on a timed bomb.
He said if the nation fails to take care of her youths, the country will be failing to take care of its future.
The governor said no reasonable government will neglect such an important segment of the society.
Inuwa said: "We have come a long time in Nigeria that peace is eluding us, there are too many crises in Nigeria, we need peace and the right people who can bring this peace are the Peace Corps Patriots."
"No society can develop without peace. Our approach to security issues in Nigeria calls for a review. To secure the nation, to secure our local communities, is not about having guns everywhere; it is about having people with the right frame of minds and right attitude with a peaceful mind," Inuwa said.
Inuwa said as far as long the people are not peaceful in their minds, Nigeria can never be in peace.
"Therefore, the core mandate of the Peace Corps is very relevant at this state of our national development. I call on the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari, to exercise speed in ensuring that the Bill establishing the Nigerian Peace Corps is being signed into law," the governor said.
Pending the President's assent to the Bill, Governor Inuwa urged various state governors and local government areas to key into the activities of the Corps with the view to assisting the organization where necessary.
"My prayer is that, the Bill should be signed into law, so that you now become lawful and maybe certain funding should come your way, so you will be able to discharge your core mandate peacefully and in an orderly and efficient manner. There is no way you can operate efficiently and effectively without funding, no matter how you want to do the job, it's not possible.
"Not only the federal government, all the states and local governments should look into your issue and see how they can come to your assistant so that you can continue to render this your vital role to the society," he said.
While pledging total support of the Gombe state government, Inuwa assured that the state government is articulating a good policy to ensure that the youth of Gombe state are well catered for.
Earlier, the head of the Corps, Akoh, indicated the intention of the organization to establish its north eastern zonal headquarters in Gombe, in line with the newly established offices of the Deputy National Commandants (DNCs) to man each of the six geopolitical zones.
A piece of land for the construction of the zonal office is to be provided by the Gombe state governor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the House of Representatives had reintroduced a bill seeking to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps.
The bill was sponsored by a Borno lawmaker, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, passed the first reading on Wednesday, July 3.
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