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By: AGABI, David.
Following renewed effort by the National Assembly to again pass the Peace Corps of Nigeria bill,the Nasarawa State Commandant of the Corps Patriot Bala Joshua averred that he is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will this time accent to the legal framework shortly after the lawmakers conclude their own job.
Dr. Bala who stated this on Saturday in a chat with Journalists during an on-the-spot assessment of officers and men in Kuru Local Government Area of the State,maintained that the quest for Mr. President to sign the bill into law is very high not because of anything but to give employment to teaming Nigerian youths who are loitering the streets without job.
“Why I think President Buhari declined accent to the bill the first time was misinformation, but now he is fully briefed on the objective and importance of the Corps so there is no doubt in my mind that Mr President will sign it this time because many Nigerians need to be taken off the streets and give a source of livelihood,that is employment”
He also stressed that the Corps is not duplicating function or in conflict with any other sister security agency as was portrayed by some Nigerians but established with a charge as a second line security outfit to assist other security agencies in the country.
“We understand that the job of securing the country from external aggression lies on the military while internal security is the job of the police and civil defence, ours is to assist them as a second line security outfit”
He noted that when the bill is accented to,and becomes an act,it will boost the moral of the officers and men of the Corps in view of the fact that there’s a law backing the activities and functions of their job.
Speaking on the twenty years (22 years) of democracy in Nigeria, as the country mark June 12 on Saturday, Dr Bala said the country has achieved a lot in the areas of information and communication technology (ICT) handing power from civil dispensation to civil dispensation and much more,while noting that it need to do more most especially in security.
The commandant used the avenue to advise the separatists all over the country to sheath their sword and come to dialogue with government instead of creating instability and chaos, maintaining that Nigeria will be better as one rather that divided into smaller countries.
He therefore call on Nigerians particularly the youths to channel their energy to lucrative ventures instead of joining ethnic warlords fighting for separation.
Dr. Bala was received by the Karu Corps Commandant, Patriot Vincent Musa Makama at Youth Centre Karu Local Government Secretariat.

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