The Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Ebonyi, Mr Uchenna Nwali, has advocated for the early engagement of youths to reduce crime in the society.

Nwali told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Tuesday that the corps was currently deploying its members to primary and secondary schools in the state to engage the students.

“Peace is a collective effort of all and I urge Ebonyi youths to embrace peace and ensure a peaceful environment,” Nwali said.

He described the organization as a non-governmental organisation of uniformed youths that trained and orientated youths from primary and secondary schools to be disciplined.

He said that the corps had 600 members posted to primary and secondary schools in the state to create awareness on peace, teach peace education and form clubs for peaceful society.

“Currently, the Ebonyi peace corps works as an NGO and uniformed youths organisation that trains and orientates youths in the early stage to imbibe idea and embrace peace.

“We post our officers to private primary and secondary schools in Ebonyi to create awareness, educate and form peace clubs to reduce societal menace like cultism, examination malpractice and drug abuse,” he explained.

Nwali said the corps had challenges that posed limitations to its work and appealed to the state government and the National Assembly to pass its bill.

“We also appeal to the Ebonyi government and the state house of assembly to put in place a legislation to accommodate more youths of the corps into public schools. (NAN)