By Millicent Umoru-O
Peace Corps celebrates 22nd anniversary, urges strict compliance to Coronavirus protocols.
National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) Dr Dickson Akoh, has stressed the need for strict compliance to government protocols aimed at effectively curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Akoh gave the advice on Saturday during his organisation’s 22nd anniversary celebrations, held at Ugboju, Benue State.
He expressed delight that the PCN he started in 1998 as a tiny ember of his imagination, had blossomed into a colossus with more than 187,000 youths, comprising regular members and volunteers.
Adding that, the Corps had a well structured network of branches in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The PCN boss said that the highest point of the organisation’s achievement was the passage of the bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps in 2017, by the 8th National Assembly, in order to give statutory backing to the Corps’ corporate existence
“Although presidential assent has not been granted the bill, it is cheering to note that the National Assembly has re-gazetted and reintroduced the bill with a view to re-passing and re-transmiting it to the President for assent,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Royal Father of Idoma land, His Highness Ogabaidu Obekpa IV, congratulated the PCN for its success story so far.
The monarch described Akoh as a worthy son of Idoma land, and urged all Nigerians to emulate his humanitarian and selfless service to humanity and the nation.
Guest speaker at the anniversary, Prof.Innocent Otobo, President Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), also praised the PCN leader, and commended the Corps for observing the COVID-19 laid down protocols during the anniversary celebrations.
Otobo also charged Nigerians to take the coronavirus very serious by observing all the protocols and precautionary measures.