NUPEC boss, Nneji commends Senate over passage of Nigerian Peace Corps bill
Dr. Nneji stated that the Corps was long overdue, and that it would promote peace, volunteerism, community service, neighborhood watch, and national building in Nigeria.
The Senate passed the Peace Corps bill on Tuesday to improve security and provide great job opportunities for the country’s teeming youths.
The bill was passed after the Senate Committee on Interior considered and adopted the reports.
Senator Sulieman Umar, speaking on behalf of the committee’s Chairman, Kashim Shettima, presented the report on Peace Corps, stating that the panel consolidated the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill and the National Unity Corps Bill into one for “ease of advancing its work.”
However, in response to the passage, NUPEC’s boss, in a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja, assured that the National Unity and Peace Corps would train the youths to advance the course of peace building, conflict resolution, and mediation among the country’s warring communities.
“The bill seeks to provide legal support for the establishment of the Peace Corps as a government parastatal and allows its members to be absorbed into the proposed organization upon its inception.”
Dr. Nneji, on the other hand, thanked thousands of volunteers who remained steadfast in their duties despite all odds, which he said contributed to the bill’s success, and urged them to put in even more effort, “especially now that the job is coming to full force.”
Nneji urged Nigerians to continue to support the National Unity and Peace Corps in order for it to achieve its goals.
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