(Reposted from: The Authority – Nigeria. August 16, 2017)
As Nigeria joined the world to mark the International Youth Day, the Oyo State Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr Oludare Adesina, has canvassed the inclusion of peace education in school curriculum. He also charged the youths to wake up from their slumber and be involved in the affairs of the country.
In an interaction with journalists at the Oluyole Estate State headquarters of the agency, Ibadan, Adesina said that the youths should not allow themselves to be used for unproductive ventures.
He pointed out that youths determine who becomes the leaders, but lamented that a sizeable number of them had not discovered who they are.
Speaking on the theme of the 2017 youth day, the security chief advocated the inclusion of Peace Education in the nation’s curriculum. Maintaining that peace must be paramount in whatever is being done in the country.
On the part of the government, the Peace Corps’ helmsman emphasised that government policies should be channelled towards empowering the youths saying, “all government policies must be channelled towards keeping the youths busy”.
The PCN boss who reiterated the commitment of the agency to work complementarily with other sister security organisations and Oyo State Government stressed that PCN has distinct mandates which no existing agency is saddled with.
According to him, “we are not usurping anybody’s work; there is no agency of government saddled with the responsibility of securing schools. There should be an agency that will be working at the local level to secure the people. Anytime we see something wrong we will alert the appropriate agency to take action.”
He thanked the National Commandant of the agency, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, for his vision in setting up the organisation.