Nigerians are hopeful that signing the Nigeria Peace Corps bill will result in the removal of many unemployed people from the streets.
This comes amid debates about the country’s unemployment rate.
The National Bureau of data (NBS) recently announced troubling unemployment data, emphasizing the need of the Peace Corps Bill.
The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2023.
President Buhari received a number of measures for his approval before leaving office on May 29, 2023, including the well-known Nigeria Peace Corps bill.
Senator Ali Ndume introduced this law to legitimize the founding of the Peace Corps as a government organization, providing legal legitimacy to all serving members of the Nigerian Peace Corps.
The Peace Corps, founded by Dickson Akoh, has tirelessly promoted peace-building and youth development initiatives across the country.
Nonetheless, the organization has faced difficulties as a result of its lack of legal standing and recognition as a government parastatal.
President Buhari’s rejection of the measure in 2018 was a watershed moment in its history.
His concerns included national security issues as well as the financial strain of maintaining the organization.
Nonetheless, the bill was revived in the 9th Senate, raising hopes that it would finally receive the necessary consent.
However, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has failed to remark on the pending law since taking office.
Some young people, including activist Fred Agbaje, James Akoji, Emmanuel Uduh, and Damiete Paul, asked President Tinubu to notice the bill’s potential to address the nation’s unemployment crisis.
Fred Agbaje, “The Peace Corps Bill isn’t just about an organisation; it’s about hope for millions of unemployed youths. Tinubu’s support could be the key to unlocking a better future.”
James Akoji, “Tinubu’s decision carries the weight of our dreams. The Peace Corps offers a chance for youth engagement and positive change. We urge him to seize this opportunity.”
Emmanuel Uduh, “As the unemployment crisis deepens, the Peace Corps Bill stands as a beacon of hope. Tinubu’s endorsement could redefine the future for our generation.”
Damiete Paul, “We’re not just asking for a signature; we’re asking for a lifeline. The Peace Corps can empower us to make a difference. We implore Tinubu to stand with us.”
Aondona Shija, “This isn’t just about a bill; it’s about empowering our youth to shape our nation’s destiny. Let’s rally behind the Peace Corps and the vision it holds.”
Agnes Luga, “The Peace Corps Bill isn’t just policy; it’s a commitment to our youth’s future. I believe in its potential and call for collective endorsement.
“We’re at a juncture where the Peace Corps could be a catalyst for change. Let’s hope Tinubu recognizes the opportunity and the difference it can make.”
Eunice Agaigbe, “The youths hold the keys to our nation’s progress. The Peace Corps Bill can provide a path forward. Let’s unite behind its cause.”