The Cross River State Commandant of Peace Corps Nigeria, Dr Dominic Okweche, has stated that the Corps was driven by absolute passion to protect C’River borders against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Okweche, who have deployed over 100 Peace Corps personnel across the state since the Covid-19 taskforce was inaugurated, has maintained a permanent stay at the Gakem-Benue border, where several trucks conveying Almajiris have been returned back to their states.
He said that the Corps is determined to enforce the inter-state lockdown to the latter with a view to ensure Cross River do not record any index case of Covid-19.
According to him, the collaboration between the Corps and the state government through the support and presence of the state Commissioner for Youth Development and skill Acquisition Hon. Signor Omang-Idiege, have so far recorded tremendous results at the border post.
The Corps have been steadfast and committed in their duties, rejecting all forms of monetary inducement to allow vehicles conveying passengers into the state.
Today, Peace Corps personnel have been deployed to all LGAs across the state, irrespective of inadequate funding and welfare packages and personnel of the Corps have shown doggedness and resilience in the fight against Covid-19.
No doubt, Peace Corps Nigeria in Cross River State has contributed their quota, meritoriously in the discharge of their civil duties.
The Corps had continued to respect their engagement with the Cross River State Government in civility and effective service delivery.
The Commandant stated that “if one person is infected with the virus in Cross River State, then no one is said to be safe again, hence the commitment to ensure that the state is Covid-19 free”.
“We are poised to deliver on our mandate. We want the state to remain Covid-19 free and we are determined to doing things the right way”, he said.
Okweche, who called on all residents in Cross River to obey government directives, said that the virus does not move, but people move with the virus and increase the spread.
He thanked Governor Ben Ayade for the confidence he had reposed on the Peace Corps of Nigeria in the state.
Okweche, a gallant state Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria was enlisted into the service in 2003.
His first position held at the Peace Corps was the Field Training Commander in charge of Bekwarra LGA.
In 2007, when the National Headquarters overhaul the Executive structures of Peace Corps Nigeria, Okweche was promoted to the rank of Deputy State Commandant in Cross River State.
After a much dedicated service and show of total commitment in the line of duty, Dr Okweche was promoted to the rank of a full Commandant in Cross River State in December 12, 2007.
Okweche has headed the South South office of the Corps as the Zonal Commander and has also served as Director of Operations at the National level of the Corps.
For Okweche, the 17 years journey in the Peace Corps has been a tortuous one, but fun going.
No doubt, Okweche’s track record had contributed immensely in the discharge of his duties and that of the personnel in Cross River.
As the Corps, in collaboration with the state government officials, Vigilante groups and other youths in the area continue to police the Gakem-Benue border against infiltration from Almajiris, we should only encourage them with our prayers and support to enhance their operations for the overall benefit of the state.