The National Conscience Party (NCP) Presidential aspirant, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has expressed concerns over the refusal of President Mohammed Buhari to ascent to the Peace Corps bill.
By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
Addressing a Press Conference in Akure, Dr. Ikubese argued that the establishment of a Peace Corps will compliment the already shortage of Police being encountered by over 186 million Nigerians.
According to him, the total present number of 370,000 Police Officers in the country cannot match the United Nation’s recommendation of one Police Officer to 400 people.
How ever, he said, with the current Nigerian situation of 74,000 Police officers to a population of 186 million people, Nigeria run on a ratio 1;2,514.
His words, “this means that instead of a Police officer to 400 people, we have one Police officer to 2,514 citizens, leaving us six times under police”.
As a Presidential aspirant, he said, one of his campaign promises is to earnestly look forward to establishing a VIP Police when he becomes the President in 2019 as a unit which will be responsible for providing security to citizens and Politicians at a cost.
Besides, he said, PCN can also serve in information gathering as a missing link in the Chibok and recent Dapchi kidnap scenarios.
He how ever regretted that taking about 150,000 Youths off the unemployment market and engaging them productively to the benefit of society is a venture that this administration should be proud to champion, having promised to create jobs initially.