As the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps awaits the presidential assent, thousands of unemployed youth in Ogun state have flooded the command of the Peace Corps of Nigeria located at Asero Housing estate, Abeokuta.
The exercise, which was done by the command to screen intending cadets on medical, fitness, mental alertness, educational standard, among others, was led by the Commandant of the Corps, Patriot Olalekan Yusuff.
The screening was a preliminary exercise before the one month intensive training of the corps which will qualify the successful cadets to be officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
While addressing the applicants, the Commandant said the corps is a dignify profession and will not recruit anybody with criminal records.
He also admonished those who were screened out based on health reasons and pregnancy not to see the corps as being discriminatory but to commend it for being safety conscious.
He noted that the one month intensive training contains rigorous exercise and those who are not medically fit may not be able to cope.
“We are peace loving body and we shall continue to promote and maintain peace.
For those of you that we screened out based on health conditions and pregnancy, I want you to understand that we value your life more than anything else and we cannot allow you to partake in the one month rigorous training.
Remember that when there is life, there is hope” He advised.
Expressing her appreciation to the leadership of the corps, a pregnant lady who pleaded anonymity thanked the leadership of the corps in the state for telling them about the strenuous nature of the exercise.
She noted that she has been looking onto the lord for Pregnancy for close to five years and cannot afford to lose it.
She commended the peaceful conduct of the officers for educating them ahead of the one month intensive training and advised those who have poor health condition to withdraw.
She however called on the federal and state governments to do more in terms of job creation for the youths in the country in order to reduce the suffering of the innocent youth.
“I thank the Peace Corps boss for telling us that we that are pregnant cannot go, I have been looking for pregnancy for five years and now that I have it, I cannot risk it.
“And I want to beg the federal and state governments to create job for the unemployed youth in Nigeria,” she said.