- The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 guidelines by the NCDC
- National Commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, gave the advice at the weekend
- The PCN boss called on Nigerians to unite in order to defeat the dreaded virus
The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
National Commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, gave the advice at the weekend, during PCN’s 22nd-anniversary celebrations held in Benue state.
‘‘The Peace Corps of Nigeria, therefore, is of the most considered view that policymakers, security agencies, frontline health workers and the entire citizenry must be closely-knit in a shared understanding and struggle against this invisible enemy called COVID-19,’’ Akoh stated.
He further said the corps had a well-structured network of branches in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Expressing gratitude for the growth of the organisation, Akoh said the PCN he started in 1998, had blossomed into a colossus with more than 187,000 youths, comprising regular members and volunteers.
In their respective remarks, the ministers for special duties and intergovernmental affairs, Senator George Akume and that of women affairs and social development, Dame Pauline Talen, speaking through their respective representatives, extolled the contributions of PCN to national growth, peace and development.
President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Professor Innocent Ujah, who delivered a keynote address, appreciated the PCN for her patriotism in sensitizing the populace on the dangers of COVID-19 and need to adhere to NCDC protocols.
The highlight of the event was a free medical outreach and investiture of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)'s Ambassador on Honourable Angbo Kennedy Agbogo (Benue) and Dr Ogbiya Martins (Bayelsa) for their enormous contributions to peace and development of the country.
Last year, the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, expressed the readiness of the Nigerian parliament to partner with the PCN and other relevant bodies on legislations that will promote peace, security and environmental protection.
Omo-Agege said peaceful existence can not only be guaranteed by the government alone but through concerted efforts of various peace-loving organisations and individuals who appreciate and value the essence of peace.
The lawmaker stated this at the weekend in Abuja, at an event organized by PCN to commemorate 2019 United Nations International Day of Peace, with the theme, 'Global Climate Action For Peace: The Role of Youths in Protecting Our Environment.'
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