By Christiana Ekpa Abuja
The National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Amb (Dr) Dickson Akoh, has assured that the Corps will not do anything that will affect the image of Nigeria before the international community.
This was even as he charged members of the Corps to take advantage of the extension of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise and get registered, stressing that, any officer or volunteer of the Corps who does not comply with the instruction would not be issued identity card during the 2019 membership revalidation.
Speaking to newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Sunday night,before leading a 5-man delegation of PCN to United Nation (UN) 67th DPI/NGO Conference in New York, Akoh said, time has come for the organisation to make a statement in Nigeria’s democracy, using its numerical strength.
“All Peace Corps officers in Nigeria, numbering over 157 thousand and our volunteers close to 2 million have been told that, this is a time to make statement in democracy and then I have ordered them to renew their identity card next year, so they must have PVC. Without PVC to vote, nobody would issue identity card to any of our members nationwide”, Akoh said.
The National Commandant expressed optimism that the Peace Corps Bill would come to light, adding that, the President has the liberty constitutionally to recall the Bill after 6 months and assent to it.
He said, “we have been appealing, we would continue to appeal. We don’t blame the President for whatever action he might be taking but
the agency that tends to criminalize, label the good and noble intention of the youths or citizen before the authority because we don’t have access to the government, are the same people that scrutinize documents and representation we always send.
“Whether Mr. President has seen such documents, we don’t know. We would continue to appeal to Mr. President to revisit that bill.”