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GCCDA Visits Peace Corps, Seeks Synergy

Amb. Okweche, Cross River State Peace Commandant Presenting 2017 Calendar to Comrade Ikpeme, DG, GCCDA 
Greater Calabar City Development Authority (GCCDA) on Thursday February 23 paid the Cross River State command of the Nigeria Peace Corps a courtesy visit in a bid to synergize with the organization.

The Director General of the agency, Comrade Kingsley Ikpeme said that the visit was necessary as the new agency needed to familiarise with critical stakeholders in order to smoothly deliver on their mandates.

Ikpeme noted that the Peace Corps was a critical security outfit that will be instrumental in their drive to decongest Calabar by opening new cities.

He added that one of the core mandates of the agency was to collaborate with security agencies to address the increasing rate of insecurity in Calabar.

According to him, "We are here today because the Peace Corps is a critical stakeholder in our drive to make Calabar a better place. As a government, we are happy with the contribution of the organization in combating the increasing rate of insecurity in Calabar and want to build on that for a more peaceful and united Cross River".

Reacting, the State Commandant of the corps, Ambassador Okweche Dominic lauded the state government for her support adding that the organization will continue to work with relevant agencies to ensure peace and security of the state.

Expressing the willingness of the organization to work with the agency, he noted that one of the core responsibilities of the service is neighborhood watch as such  will support every initiative aimed at fostering peace, unity and security.

The Peace Corps boss said that "One of the core responsibilities of the corps in the bill that was recently been passed by the national assembly is neighborhood watch. So we want to assure you of our support in every initiative that is legal and aimed at fostering peace and unity".

He added that "The peace corps have enjoyed tremendous and cordial relationship with the government of Cross River State. As you are aware, we recently awarded the Cross River Garment Factory the contract of making uniforms for the service. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first major project since the establishment of the factory.

"The governor has also requested that 4,000 Cross Riverians be enlisted into the corps. If properly managed, this will mean that every single family in the state will have a Peace Corps officer. In fact, the corps is currently the highest employer of labour in the state and Nigeria at large.

"For us, we will continue strengthening our relationship with the government, work with relevant government agencies in other to bring about positive development to the state".

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