Nigerian Senate passes Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill which seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for youths.

The Bill, which was sponsored by Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), was first read at plenary on March 10, 2016 and scaled second reading.

It seeks to facilitate peace volunteerism, community service, neighbourhood watch and nation building.

The bill will also facilitate the training of youths to advance the course of peace building and conflict transformation through peace education, mediation and conflict resolution among warring groups or communities where there are crisis in Nigeria.The passage of the Bill followed a report presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, Sen. Bayero Nafada (APC-Gombe North) after clause by clause consideration.According to the report, the head of the corps will be referred to as Commandant General with six Deputy Commandants from the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The headquarters of the corps would be domiciled in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The functions of the corps include promoting social and economic development and empowering and preoccupying the Nigerian youths through job creation and provision of alternative employment.

In his contributions, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) said that the Bill would create job opportunities and help in augmenting the efforts of security agencies.

Similarly, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger) said that in tackling security issues, there was the need to use multiple approach, hence the need for the bill.

“We need to allow more participation in the security space,’’ he said.

In his remark, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the passage of the Bill would go a long way to institutionalize the Peace Corps that had been functioning for a long time without the backing of the law.

He expressed the hope that with the passage of the Bill, it would contribute to the achievement of peace and stability in the country.

Briefing journalists after plenary, the Commander General of the Corps, Dr Chinedu Nneji, said that the passage of the Bill was the beginning of a new era that would help in ensuring total peace in the country.

He said “we will permeate and move into our various communities to ensure that we bring total peace to Nigeria. “We will also make sure that the issue of Boko haram, which the Nigerian military had reduced to the barest minimum, becomes a thing of the past.”

19 Comments on “Nigerian Senate passes Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

  1. Gooday, thank you for selfless service for humanity. May i ask if the form is still on sale and where can one get in Kano. Thank you.

  2. The last paragraph of this report is quoting Chinedu as Commander General of the Corps. Kindly take note and remove that part or edit it please. It is misleading and contradictory

  3. Thank God, but what do we do we the pioneers that were traind 2004 and got certificate, paid for uniform but not given, yet ready to join again? This is my number 08037440723. Thanks sir.


  5. Well done. i sometimes bought. dis form when it was #1000 but didn’t followed it up,if i want 2 be a full member now will i still buy d form and where can i get it in Oyo State,thanks.

  6. The passage of this bjll pro ves that Nigerian leaders are selfless. I pray for more wisdom and blessing for them.

  7. I will like to know when the camping will commence and the training ground?

  8. Peace be to those that want peace. I like to be a member.

  9. Good evening sir,thanks for the good job . sir,is the form still on sale? Thanks.

  10. Good evng sir. we due respect & we apreciate with you for briging nice movement to the nation wich is peace corps of nigeria. thank, you Dr. dick Son. Aliyu Alhassan from niger state 07065814459

  11. Good Day Sir, Thanks for the good job. When are we going for Camp. Kaduna State this is My Number. 08066778105

  12. Good day sir, please I want to confirm what is going on about the training exercise?…. We need more information about that sir. Thanks…God bless Nigeria!

  13. Weldone ooooooo, please just need info on when to resume to camp in Kwara state

  14. Pls urgently confirm when the orientation camp of Abuja would commence.

  15. Morning, sir.
    We the Nigerian youths Sincerely appreciate the effort of the National commandant. this is not easy. but the lord is your strength.
    I wish to request for the full version of the bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps

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