Report and photo by Manasseh Tashi (3/5)
Edited and assessed by J.M
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Batch 17 B, Community Development Service (CDS) group under the Center for Peace Advancement in Nigeria (CEPAN), the University of Jos , expressed their interest for the consolidation of peace on the Plateau by erecting a monument (a dove with an olive branch in its mouth with hands connected carrying it) which was commissioned recently at the Naraguta Campus gate.
While commissioning the monument, the Director of Health Service, the University of Jos, Dr. Benedict Mairiga, commended the corps member for the laudable project, adding that they “rightly diagnosed the need of the society which is peace”. Dr. Mairiga also urged the corps members to continue the good works of making moves to achieve a peaceful Plateau and Nigeria.
Also speaking, the co-coordinator of the NYSC represented by the Director of CEPAN, Mrs. Elawuya, said CEPAN signifies peace and the corps members have demonstrated this through their action. Mrs. Elawuya added that “we are for peace and we will continue to be for peace. Let’s join hands together and build a peaceful Nigeria”.
The CEPAN President, Olalekan Olaleye, however, stressed that the motivation behind the project was to consolidate on the peace now enjoyed in Jos.
Reacting to this development, Victor Okpe, a student from the Department of English and Literary Studies, said: “the first time I saw the monument, peace quickly rang in my mind. I will want to say the CEPAN project is timely. The monument is like a loud voice with echoes of peace.”
Raliab Girma from the Special Education and Rehabilitation Science Department also added that “the project speaks peace and the colour used signifies Nigeria. I will say the corps members have succeeded in giving hope that it is possible to have a peaceful Nigeria again.
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