CN to Peace Corps officers, be good ambassadors

The Lagos State Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Olanrewaju Kuforiji on Friday urged officers to be good ambassadors on their various beats.

Kuforiji urged the officers while receiving the Lagos Chapter President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Lekan Biliamin-Oba at the Jakande Gate, PCN Lagos Command Headquarters.

The Commandant added that it would no longer be business as usual, adding that indiscipline would not be tolerated from officers.

“I am using this medium to inform you that work has fully started and it will no longer be business as usual. Please represent us well on your beat and be a good ambassador.

“Do not be afraid to wear your uniforms. We want the people to know us, we want them to know we have what it takes. Do not get involved in illegal activities.

“Always inform your senior officers of your whereabouts. Make sure you are on the right path. You are supposed to set good examples. Nothing stops you from carrying out voluntary activities in your neighborhood like helping school children cross the road.

“PCN is known for discipline, there is no way you can be patriotic without being disciplined. These are the things that will encourage quick passage of the PCN bill,” he said.

Kuforiji further enjoined the officers to unite and operate as one so that Lagos Command can be repositioned to achieve its mission.

He added that PCN Lagos Command has been in talks with sister agencies for partnership and training for reorientation of officers and capacity building.

The Deputy Commandant, Special Duties, Mr Ridwan Onitolo also advised officers to be up and doing at their respective beats.

Onitolo said that officers should respect their senior colleagues especially the commanders, adding that it is one of the most important responsibility of a PCN member.

He encouraged the officers to familiarize, get to know themselves and not hesitate to forward their complaints or challenges to the State Command Headquarters.

Biliamin-Oba congratulated the officers for being members of the PCN which he described as an organisation concerned with the welfare of the youths.

“I am congratulating you all because some people spend their time on things that do not add value to themselves or the society. Being here today, is adding value to the growth of the society.

“There is no doubt that PCN plays an integral role in the coordination of Voluntary Youth Organizations (VYO). I will implore us to go back home and encourage our neighbors to get involved in the activities of the youth council.

“The moment young people have no access to these VYOs, then its easy for them to be used for negative and unproductive things.

“The PCN should function as a body which can intervene in certain situations before the police will be invited to conclude investigation,” he said.

Biliamin-Oba also urged the officers to put in their best in whatever they do as there will be a day of reckoning for everyone.

He added that the NYCN Lagos Chapter is open to partner the PCN as it is  advocating for laws on proper recognition of the youths and a law that protects young people against police brutality.

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