The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed his administration’s readiness to partner the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) on the reintegration programme for Libya returnees as soon as the bill establishing the Corps gets assent from President Muhammad Buhari.
Governor Obaseki disclosed this when he received Edo State Commandant of PCN, Patriot Ayuba Hammed, at the Government House, Benin City, on a courtesy.
The governor, represented by his Special Adviser on Special Duties, Hon. Yakubu Gowon, said the support of the Peace Corps is required in empowering the Libya returnees.
“I want to liken your duties to that of Edo State Government, which is empowering Libya returnees in the state by setting up skill acquisition centers, where they can truly acquire skills and be re-integrated into society,” he said.
He commended the Corps for its involvement in combating social decadence in educational institutions in the state, noting “One of the key areas this government is working on is to revamp basic education in Edo State.
“We are aware that the bill establishing the corps is awaiting assent. We are sure that when assented to, the corps will train more people for employment.”
State Commandant, Edo State Peace Corps, Patriot Ayuba Hammed, said the corps aims to train, educate and re-orientate youths, particularly students on their leadership role in the society.
He said the Corps was formed due to the alarming involvement of youth in criminal and anti-social activities in educational institutions across the state.
Hammed said the state command of the corps parades over 5,000 officers spread across the three senatorial districts, where they work with schools to actualise set objectives.
Edo State Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Patriot Ayuba T. Hammed, presenting a souvenir to the representative of the Edo State Governor and Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Hon. Yakubu Gowon (right), during a courtesy visit by the PCN to the Governor, at the Government House in Benin City.