By Agi Onda
The Jacksonville State University, Alabama, United States of America, at the weekend, conferred on four outstanding commandants of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) with the doctorate degrees (honoris causa) in Public Administration.
The commandants; Bala Joshua, Aliyu Ibrahim, Caleb Enejo, and Ekweche Dominic Odey for Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and Cross River states commands, respectively were awarded the doctorate degrees for their individual contributions to the improvement of the living conditions of people in their respective states as well as their collective efforts to promote peace building activities through the Peace Corps of Nigeria youth empowerment initiatives.
Presenting the awards through the National Chronicle in Abuja at the weekend, Founder and publisher of the newsmagazine, Ambassador (Dr) Godwin Nyitse said the university took the initiative in liaison with the Nigerian partners with a view to encouraging hard work and the promotion of peace and human capacity development, particularly youth empowerment.
The colourful event which was graced with academics, civil society groups among experts in security and economy, was the high point of the 22nd National Chronicle Annual Lecture series and 2017 Distinguished Community Service Lifetime Achievement Merit Award with the title: “The Role of Universities in Nigeria’s Economic Reforms and democratization Process for National Development,” delivered by Prof Haruna Kuje Ayuba, an erudite scholar.
In his welcome address, Dr Nyitse commended the participants for their love for positive change and encouraged Nigerians to give support to the fight against corruption in the country under the indefatigable efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Responding on behalf of the award recipients, Chief (Dr) |Bala Joshua of the Nasarawa command of the Peace Corps of Nigeria said the honour would spur them to impact more on the society, saying: “I dedicate this award to the Commandant General of PCN, Ambassador Dr Akoh. I feel great.”