PCN partners with Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development

1 The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) on Tuesday forged a partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development to enable smooth functioning in the state.

2 The partnership was forged during a visit to the ministry by the National Commander of the CPN, Amb. Dickson Akoh, Dr. Omolola Amao, Deputy National Commander, Finance and Accounting, and Pat. Alex Onoicho, National Secretary of the NCP.

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3 Others are Pat. Ademakin Mouruf, Deputy National Commander (Training), Pat. Akeem Badmus, Deputy National Commander (Operations) and CPN Lagos Commander Pat. Kuforij Williams.

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4 Mr. Saka Abdul-Lateef, Director of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, said that the NCP was not new to the ministry, but the past partnership had deteriorated due to some issues.

5 He however said that a new and lasting relationship would be formed under the leadership of the CPN Lagos Commander and the visit of the National Commander.

6 “I called my other directors and said we should give PCN Lagos Command another opportunity. I am sure we will accomplish a lot with me and the new PCN Lagos Command coming on board.

seven “We expressly asked to see the national commander. This is to further cement the commitments and promises of the CPN State Commander in Lagos,” he said.

8 Mr. Abdul-Lateef further urged the CPN Lagos Command to be operational, adding that it is time to complement the efforts of state security agencies.

9 The Director further submitted a letter endorsing the registration of PCN Lagos Command with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

ten The CPN National Commander, while receiving the letter, acknowledged that the former CPN administration in Lagos may have made mistakes, but described it as a learning process.

11 The National Commander said that the PCN is made up of disciplined individuals who have undergone training inside and outside the country courtesy of the PCN.

12 He said some misinformation could have led to the breakdown of past relations with the Lagos State government, but assured that the NCP Lagos Command was more than ready to complement the efforts of the security agencies in Lagos.

13 “We will continue to teach our members the importance of culture and tradition, just as we emphasize that our role is to complement the efforts of other security agencies.

14 “We had our challenges, but our display of patience and resilience will see us through.

15 “It’s familiar ground here and we will respect your terms because we are a disciplined organisation.

16 “We’ve done a lot to train and retrain and we’re more mature now. We won’t do anything to stifle the relationship we’re about to establish.

17 “We assure you of our partnership and we will not hesitate to obtain your consent before continuing our activities in the state,” he said.

18 Akoh added that the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry, will receive all the adequate documents needed to support the activities of the NCP in Lagos.

19 The Director of Voluntary Organization of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Folasayo Olukosi, also said that the NCP was not new to Lagos and urged the officers to take responsibility.

20 Olukosi said there may have been mistakes in the past and advised current NCP leaders to seize the opportunity presented to them by the ministry.

21 Mr. Kayode Ogunleye, Director for Open Spaces and Recreation in the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, urged the National Commander of the NCP to immediately triage the issues of the factions and also take the members away.

Ogunleye added that a lot can be achieved if the necessary members, government and stakeholders are brought together by the NCP.
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Joel C. Hicks