A new commandant has resumed in the Oyo State Command of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN). He is Patriot Lukman Adelowo Yekini.
Following a major restructuring in the organisation, Patriot Lukman Adelowo was transferred from Kwara State Command where he had served as commandant for years.
The new commandant is a graduate of Surveying Engineering from the University of Lagos. Yekini who had served in Oyo State before his current posting, was Camp Commandant in various camps including Ode Omu camp which he served in 2016.
Since his resumption, Patriot Yekini has embarked on a state tour visiting commands in all the Local Governments Areas.
The commandant has expressed gratitude to the National Commandant of PCN, Dickson Akoh, for what he described as a passionate drive towards ensuring Nigerian youth are engaged in various areas of human development.
In one of his visits, Yekini said that the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps has been reintroduced to the House of Representatives and is expected to receive accelerated attemtion in view of the recent wave of killings, kidnapping and banditry threatening the nation’s security. He urged all officers in the command to discharge their duties patriotically in accordance with the mandates of the organisation as they look forward to the successful adoption of the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill which would make the organisation a government paramilitary agency.
The reintroduced Bill passed First Reading in the House of Representatives July 3, 2019.
The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, which was recently re-gazetted as HB. 17 was re-introduced and sponsored by the Chief Whip, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno.
Recall that the bill, which was passed by the two Chambers of the 8th National Assembly, was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari for some reasons.
The bill seeks to give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria, with a core mandate to “Develop, Empower and provide gainful Employment for the youths, facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood watch and Nation-building; and for other Related Matters”.