BREAKING: Senate finally passes Peace Corps bill

The Senate on Tuesday finally passed a bill to make the Nigerian Peace Corps a para-military agency.

The Senate adopted the conference report on the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, after it was so advised by its committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had separately passed the bill last year.

However, after the harmonisation of the two separate bills, the Senate had rejected the harmonised version, which has now been approved.

The bill will be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent after the House also approves‎ the harmonised version.

It is not clear if the presidency will approve of the bill as several departments in the executive including the police and the military are opposed to the legalisation of the Peace Corps which is currently a private NGO.

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SENATE 2019: AKOH ADVOCATES FOR OLD OKPOKWU AND OJU

SENATE 2019: AKOH ADVOCATES FOR OLD OKPOKWU AND OJU
* Proposes An Endowment Fund to cater for Onov’s Children

As the tussle for 2019 approaches, so many eavesdropping, particularly imagined fabrications, have filled the Benue political firmament. Amidst these permutations, the National Commandant of the Nigeria Peace Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh disabused the mind of the general public, over the rumoured 2019 Senatorial ambition.

Speaking to journalists, during his condolence visit to the Benue APC Secretariat over the demise of Mr Tyuulugh Onov, the Party State Secretary, Akoh said, he has no intention to contest the 2019 elections, rather the final harmonisation and assent to the Peace Corps Bill is his priority and desire, because that will be more beneficiary not just to Benue South or Benue but to the entire Nigeria Youths.

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The Police Treated us unfairly – Peace Corps Commandant, Dickson Akoh

The National Commandant of the Nigerian Peace Corps, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, has described as crude and unjust, his arrest and detention alongside 47 others, by the Nigeria Police, saying they were manhandled.

The Police, Army and Department of State Security (DSS) had on Tuesday night, raided the National Headquarters of the Corps and, in a ‘Commando style,’ arrested the Corps Commandant and 47 senior officers of the Corps.

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DSS releases Peace Corps of Nigeria Commandant, Dickson Akoh

The National Commandant of Peace Corps, Dickson Akoh, has been released by the Nigerian Police Force. This is after the men of the Police Force in conjunction with the Department of State Services, DSS, had on Tuesday arrested Akoh when they invaded the new National Headquarters of the Corps.

The youth-based organization whose Bill was passed by the National Assembly, has recently come under assault by security agencies.

Upon his arrest, Akoh was taken to the Force Headquarters were he was detained.

As at the time of filing this report, Akoh is on his way to the Secretariat of the National Youth Council after he had was filled necessary documents for his release at the FCT Command headquarters.

Peace Corps of Nigeria commissions new Headquarters in Jabi

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) yesterday commissioned a new National Headquarters in the Jabi area of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Speaking at the ceremony, National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr. Dickson Akoh, said moving into the new office complex at a time when the Bill for An Act to Establish Nigerian Peace Corps has been passed by both Chambers of the National Assembly and presently awaiting Presidential Assent is instructive and significant in many ways. Read More

UN approves 7 annual grant pass for Nigerian Peace Corps

The United Nations has granted 7 slots to the Officers of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC), to enable it participate in all United Nations meetings and conferences, including that of the General Assembly, for the year 2017.

This was even as the Corps has successfully concluded its annual accreditation for the membership of the UN regular committee on Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for the current year 2017.

Addressing newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday, the National Commandant of Nigerian Peace Corps, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, said he led the NPC delegation to the 2017 regular session of the UN, to discuss issues of growth and development, as they relate to Nigerian Youths. Read More

Dickson Akoh Awards Dedicated Officers in Lagos

The National Commandant, Amb.(Dr) Dickson Akoh has awarded another set of officer cars and cash reward for their hard work and dedication. Presented by South-west zonal/Lagos State Commandant. Pat. Mutairu Habib.

Peace Corps Is Youth Development Body – Akoh

Amb.(Dr) Dickson Akoh is the national commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria. In this interview with DAVID ADUGE-ANI, he  speaks on the Bill establishing the Peace Corps of Nigeria and other issues surrounding his organization.

Can you give us a background of the Peace Corps of Nigeria?

It all started when i was in  the Nigerian Army Cadet Corps in Government College, Garki. Before then, I was in Boys Scout Movement, where I rose to become a troop leader. I later enrolled in Red Cross Society, where I rose to zonal leader in charge of Otukpo zone.

That was when I was in secondary school. I was the pioneer commandant of Nigerian Army Cadet in 1989. The school even sent me a letter recently reminding and commending me on the corps. It was based on my experience that I went into research on youth unemployment situation in the country and the security implications. It was all these that aided the formation of Nigeria Leadership and Marshal Corp in 1990. It was registered in March 1992.

The fact remains that Nigeria provided one of the most psychological environment where the youth can grow and attain their full potentials, both physical and psychological, but lacks the presence of a veritable platform for the youth to be trained, reoriented and achieve their goals and yearning in life, that was the motivating factor that made me form Peace Corps of Nigeria.

My own led Peace Corps is affiliated to Federal Minister of Youth Development since 2004. It also enjoys membership all Youth Organization in Nigeria which is the National Youth Council of Nigeria. United Nations Economic and Social Council gave us Special Consultative Status since 2012.

Last year, shortly after our 18th anniversary, which was popularly celebrated and attended by political office holders, the African Union brought a letter granting this organization special consultative status. No youth organization is enjoying this status.

Tell us about the Peace Corps Bill?

On the issue of the bill, our bill was introduced to the House of Representatives by Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Umar Farouk. When National Peace and Unity Corp approached the House to protest, our bill had already passed second reading. It was first introduced in the 7th assembly, but the then the bill was frustrated.

In this 8th assembly, our bill was introduced last year. Reps said since our bill had passed second reading, they are not going to entertain anything similar. In the senate, our bill passed first reading six months after, but we didn’t  know how our bill was removed when it was slated for second reading. Read More

House of Reps Denies passage National Unity and Peace Corps Bill

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, February 10, 2017, Reps spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas said the National Assembly did not merge any organisation with the Nigerian Peace Corps.

“One thing I want to clarify is that in the House, we don’t have any Bill known as National Unity and Peace Corps Bill,” Reps spokesman said.

“I want to say that we don’t have anything as National Unity and Peace Corps or anything said to be harmonized. A bill passed in the House of Representatives or Senate alone can not be a law, so a conference committee (Senate and Reps) was put in place on the 8th of December, 2016. This Conference Committee identified about 12 clauses that differ and, they sat down to harmonize the clauses”, Namdas noted. Read More

Peace Corps: Putting the Record Straight

PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
By Rogers Edor Ochela

Prior to the passage and harmonization of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC) Bill by the National Assembly, which is currently awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent, the only entity known to Nigerians and the international community with the nomenclature of Peace Corps is the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) headed by Ambassador (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh. Ask any Nigerian on the street, and he/she will off-handedly tell you that it is that organization headed by Dr. Akoh. And they reasons for the organization’s ubiquitous visibility are not far-fetched. They include: functional offices in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) headed by State Commandants; over one hundred and thirty five thousand regular members and Volunteers and landmark achievements etc.

Conversely, the organization known as the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPC) headed by Dr Chinedu Nneji was an unknown entity, with hardly any visible presence in most states of the federation. So, in a nutshell, it is an inconsequential lot with its headquarters tucked somewhere at Area 1, Garki of the FCT. Flowing from the foregoing, it has not registered its presence in the minds of millions of youths that ought to have underpinned its corporate existence, unlike the Akoh-led PCN that has made its 18 years of existence felt in several areas that time and space will not permit me to recount here. Read More