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2023: Peace Corps, others advocate for preachful elections


The Anambra State Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on public to give peace a chance by holding right political attitudes.

The State commandant, Innocent Okolo made the called during its end of year lectures  and Peace Ambassador Award Program, noting that sustainable development and growth thrives where all the citizenry embraced peace.

He said that PCN picked its  2022 theme for their year end as ",The Effects of Youts Violence in an Election" to bring out the essence of peace in youths engagement in politics.

He said that PCN would honour distinguished individuals in the state who has worked hard closely with the body to fight for the  achievement of PCN and have broker peace in their various communities. 

The Chairman of the occasion, Dr Chris Eluemunoh,a renowned journalist, philanthropist and community leader said that peace plays a vital role in human activities.

Eluemunoh said the general elections in 2023 needs peace and focus for sustainability of the nation.

He urged the youths and other actors in the political activities to consider peaceful existence of the nation above self interest.

"Do not give in to any political rascalitity but see yourselves as future moulders of positive Nigeria. Take your destinies in your hand and work to achieve peaceful elections that would produce credible leaders that change Nigeria narratives for the best " he said.

Dr Nnaeneka Abamara,a consultant clinical psychology and mental expert said that peaceful environment yields greater results for sane decisions and actions.

Abamara said that youths should see themselves as builders of great nations and should ensure to be in state of Mind to bring out positive actions always.

He advised youths to understand that been part of violence in elections is to their own detrimentent and is  must no action for seamless actions to grow political success.

Mr Anthony -Mary Amali, chairman  of the planning committee of the PCN 2022 lectures and Peace Ambassdor Award  said that the orgainsed  the lecture to note the importance of peace on elections matters.

Amazing said PCN is no longer a new organisation that need introduction  but re echoed that it was established on July 10,1998 in Kaduna by Prof Dickson Akor.

He said that it has membership strenght of 187,000 personnel  made up of regular officers and volunteers.

He said that it has national  spread in all 36 states of the federation  and FCT and in all the 764 local government  Areas of the country.

"It initially began as an NGO registered with CAC and recognised by the federal ministry of youth development and federal ministry of education amongst others,"he said.

Amali said the Corps enjoys international recognition by UNESCO and the UN among many others.

" in 2017 the national assembly comprising both the Senate's and House of Representative unanimously passed the Bill to transform PCN to NPC  during the 8th Assembly.

"The President withheld ascent due to some minor issues identified. December 7,the House of Rep passed the bill again sequel to the already passage by the senate  early 2022" he said.

According to him it is hoped that it will soon become fully federal government establishment before the end of present administration.

He disclosed that peace Corps of Nigeria, Anambra Command was established in 2012.

Amali said that the command partners relevant federal and state governments establishment to provide necessary  leadership  in the core mandate of the Corp which include peace building,Neighbourhood Watch,,community service, volunteerism,youth Empowerment, Intelligence Gathering amongst others.

He said that the collaboration have facilitated good and cordial relationships between the agencies and PCN Anambra command.

Amali said that peace lectures and Peace Ambassador Award us a yearly program and this is unique because it is coming at the eve of 2023 general elections.

"Anambra has witnessed many security challenges and youth related restiveness  and other Vices so they are worried on implications if youth violence in elections," he said.

 Award of Peace Ambassador was given to Chief Chris Elumunoh, Mr Mike Ikegbunam,Mr Jude Akpua,Mr Chidi Ibemeka amongstothers others.

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