.. Jude Johnson
Recently, the Nigerian Police in joint operations with the military and other security agencies launched a crackdown against the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and other related groups it regarded as unlawful/illegal security outfits across the country.
The Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), Moshood Jimoh, had in a statement announcing the crackdown on Wednesday, said the Federal Republic of Nigeria official Gazette in 2013, dissolved and proscribed illegal Security outfits such as Nigerian Maritime security Agency (NMSA), Nigerian Merchant Navy Corps and the Nigerian Merchant Navy Petroleum Security and Safety, Peace Corps of Nigeria and other quasi illegal security outfits.
Jimoh also said that the force has observed that Nigerian Maritime Security Agency NMSA, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Maritime Security Agency and National Task Force to Combat Illegal Importation/Smuggling of Arms and Ammunition, Light and Chemical/Weapons are still operating outside their mandates and purposes for which they were registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission.
Consequently, the raid that followed saw three members of Corps critically wounded with 47 others whisked away by the security forces.
But for the sake of clarity Global Sentinel, has done a background check to compile information on what the organisation is all about.
- What is the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN)
The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), accorded a special consultative status by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a non-governmental and uniformed youth organization that focuses on working with the youth in getting to know them, their personalities, their dreams and aspirations, their fears, their failures, their successes and their passions with a view of building, harnessing and redirecting their productive energies towards the Socio-economic and Political advancement of the Nation.
- The Founder and leader
The PCN was founded by a youth strategist, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh, on the July 10, 1998, in the Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. PCN, in its commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development is registered in Nigeria under the Company and Allied Matters Act of 1990, Part C.
- The vision and mission of PCN
The vision and mission of PCN is encapsulated in the aims and objectives of the Corps which is to “Train, Educate and Re-orientate the Youths on their future leadership roles in the society, the Art of nation building, Respect for Constituted Authorities, the Rule of Law and Democratic Principle as well as imparting a high sense of citizenship and good leadership in the youths.”
- Logo and Colours of PCN
The PCN Logo comprises a Torch, Red Flame, an Open Book and a Wreath while the colors are made up of Green, Yellow and Red. The Torch symbolizes National Unity and Integration, the Red Flame stands for Strict Discipline observed by Members of the Corps, while the open book and the wreath depict Academic Excellence of Nigerian Youths and the law of Modification which places high premium on the Youth respectively. In the colours, the Green Colour connotes re-orientation as a basis for the character rejuvenation of the citizenry. The Yellow and red colors represent National Integration and Strict Discipline respectively.
- Membership of PCN
The membership of the Organization is exclusively composed of Nigerians and is open to all youths, male and female, particularly students within the ages of 18-35 years irrespective of their Political and Social Status, Ethnic Group, State of Origin or Religious affiliations. Membership of the Organization is however, in three categories: Permanent Staff Officers, Peace Corps Volunteers, and Student Membership.
- The PCN Programmes in Nigeria
PCN has carried out many programmes including: Signature Nigeria Project tagged; “I Sign 4 One Nigeria”; The International Day of Peace; PCN and Rio+20; The Peace Awards; SDGs Ambassador; and Anniversary/Founder’s Day Celebration
The PCN says to get its funding: Donations from Local and International Donor Agencies; Grants for specific projects; Subventions from Governments and Private Corporations; Enlistments Fee; Identity Card Fees; Weekly Development Fee by Members; Camp Fees; Gifts and Bequest.
- PCN Controversy: Media archives
Reps deny merger of Peace Corps with other outfit (February 11, 2017)
Controversies over Peace Corps unnecessary – Akoh (February 5, 2017)
Recruitment: Peace Corps denies compelling applicants to pay N48, 000 (January 31, 2017)
Southern Kaduna: Peace Corps to deploy operatives to stop killings (January 27, 2017)
Buhari is yet to receive Peace Corps Bill – Presidency (January 25, 2017)
Buhari yet to receive Nigerian Peace Corps Bill – Enang (January 21, 2017)
President Buhari will sign Peace Corps Bill – Commandant (January 20, 2017)
N’Assembly adopts consolidated version of Peace Corps Bill (January 19, 2017)
Peace Corps to recruit 2,000 youths in Lagos (January 14, 2017)
Peace Corps commandant urges Buhari to assent Bill (December 8, 2016)
Why Buhari should not sign Peace Corps Bill (December 7, 2016)
NYCN appeals to Buhari to sign Peace Corps Bill (December 2, 2016)
NYCN begs Buhari to sign Peace Corps bill (November 30, 2016)
Thousands of unemployed graduates register for Peace Corps job nationwide (November 27, 2016)
Peace Corps: NANS urges President Buhari to assent Bill (November 27, 2016)
Senate passes Nigerian Peace Corps Bill (November 24, 2016)
Reps pass Nigeria Peace Corps Bill into law (June 12, 2016)
Dalong pledges support for Nigerian Peace Corps Bill (December 12, 2015)
Nigerian Peace Corps Bill scales second reading in House of Reps (November 20, 2015)