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In 1998, Ambassador (Dr) Dickson A.O. Akoh established the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN).
The commitment of the corps is towards ‘National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development’.
Furthermore, it was incorporated as a legal entity with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
The Nigerian government recognised it via the Ministry of Youth Development.
Besides, the Federal Ministry of Education approved its activities in schools as well as colleges.
Peace Corps Affiliation
Peace Corps of Nigeria is an affiliate of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
Also, it is a member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC) of both the African Union and the United Nations.
Other organisations with affiliate status include National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Others are the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).
All Nigerian youths can join the PCN not minding age, tribe, religion, social status or sex.
As of the time of writing this post, PCN membership is about 187,000 all over the country. This number includes both regular and volunteer members.
Moreover, it has offices in all the 36 states of the country, not leaving out the Federal Capital Territory.
The corps’ main goal is to promote peace as well as social orderliness not leaving out environmental health.
It works to develop and empower youths, and encourage humanitarian services as well as volunteerism.
Furthermore, its members partner with educational institutions, government agencies and youth-based organisations to achieve its objectives.
Also, its members work with civil society groups as well as international development organisations with the same ideology.
Nigerian Peace Corps bill
Nigeria’s Senate passed the Nigerian Peace Corps bill on Tuesday, 12th April 2022 to make it a government parastatal.
In addition, the bill sought the absorption of its existing members when operations hit the ground running.
In late 2017, the eighth Senate passed the bill but was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari in February 2018.
The President said there weren’t enough funds to cater for a new security outfit since other agencies were doing the same job.
However, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Ali Ndume introduced the bill anew on December 17, 2019, to the ninth Senate.
He said that the new bill had addressed all the concerns of Mr President.
It is expected that the House of Representatives would agree with the Senate on the bill before transmission to the president.
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