PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA
The Peace Corps of Nigeria was established in 1998 in Kaduna State by youth development Advocate and Strategist, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A.O. Akoh.
Peace Corps of Nigeria, which is committed to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development met all legal specifications and is incorporated in Nigeria under Companies and Allied Matters Act, Part C/20, LFN 2004, with IT Number CAC/IT/4589 of May, 2002 and accorded government’s recognition through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and its activities in Schools and Colleges are registered under the Federal Ministry of Education.
PCN is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and has been granted a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations and Africa Union, thus an affiliate of their respective Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC).
Furthermore, PCN is equally an affiliate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
It is therefore in view of its landmark achievements and value-driven programmes over the years that the National Assembly (8th Assembly) passed a bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, to give statutory backing to PCN. Currently, the 9th National Assembly has re-gazetted and re-introduced this all important Bill with a view to re-pass the Bill and transmit same to Mr President for assent.
The membership of the PCN is open to all Nigerian youths, irrespective of their age, religion, tribe, sex or social status. Currently, PCN has membership strength of over 187,000 youths, comprising of both regular members and volunteers. Also, it has a well-structured network of branches in all the 36 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
After dissipating a lot of time, energy and resources into research work in a bid to achieve a functional and sustainable growth index in youth development and re-orientation, Dr Akoh observed that Nigeria, although endowed with enormous human and natural resources that could aid the youth in the discovery and attainment of their full potentials, was still deficient in comprehensive and practical orientation programmes, which would serve as social mechanisms to assist the youth to cope with the many challenges of the 21st century. According to him, the scenario constituted a huge impediment to the positive development of the Nigerian youth. Hence in a bid to fill the void by providing a veritable platform for character development and empowerment of the youth, he took the historical step of establishing the PCN.
The activities of PCN are generally related to the promotion of peace and social order, youth development/empowerment, volunteerism and humanitarian services and environmental health.
The organization offers a credible platform for its members to work with Government at all levels; educational institutions; youth-based organizations, Civil Society and Community-based Organisations, and international development partners sharing similar objectives with the Corps.
From its inception to date, PCN and its members have encountered diverse contemporary challenges, but each member of the Corps had been trained to approach such challenges with strict discipline, unwavering patriotism and undying passion.
The efforts of Peace Corps officers, particularly in Schools and Colleges, represent an enduring legacy of selfless service, and have become a significant part of social mobilisation of the Nigerian youths in the onerous task of nation-building.
The logo of Peace Corps of Nigeria comprises of a Torch with a Red Flame, an Open Book, an Eagle, a Band and a Wreath; while its colours are Green, Yellow and Red.
The Torch symbolises National Unity and Integration; the Red Flame stands for the burning desire for academic excellence by Nigerian youths; the Open Book depicts Educational Institutions as the primary focus, the Eagle connotes Strength, the Band represents the Nigerian National Colours, while the Wreath depicts the nation’s fertile landmark and the Law of Modification, which places high premium on the youth.
In terms of the colours, the Green connotes Re-Orientation as basis for Character Rejuvenation of the citizenry, while the Yellow and Red represent National Integration and Strict Discipline, respectively.
Mission & Vision
At PCN, we believe that well-oriented young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. For over 22 years, we have led and sustained coordinated action to harness the talents and potentials of Nigeria’s young people. At the heart of our efforts is building partnerships, initiatives and programmes that prepare young adults to success as citizens, employees, entrepreneurs and change-drivers.
Vision: PCN envisions a Nigeria where all young people are inspired and equipped to realize their desired future.
Mission: Our mission is to connect young people with opportunities to transform their lives and create a better and peaceful society for all.
At PCN, we believe in the five i-values
Inclusion//Consider all perspectives equally and honestly
Integrity//Honour the best in ourselves and others
Inspiration//Conscientize people to believe they can make it better
Innovation//Make a difference differently
Impact//Create change that matters
Our Core Mandate
The core mandate of the Peace Corps is to Develop; Empower and provide Gainful Employment for the Youths; to facilitate Peace; Volunteerism, Community Services; Neighbourhood Watch and Nation-building.
The functions of the Peace Corps shall include:
a. To enlist, mobilise, train, orientate and provide gainful employment for the youths in order to develop them as supporting agents of social order by providing a second line of public safety;
b. To serve as a think tank and engage in educating residents of every community on security and safety measures peculiar to their neighbourhood;
c. To uphold a bottom-up surveillance through monitoring and observation and to detect, collate, analyse and transmit intelligence data on matters that may likely cause breach of peace and security within the neighbourhood and transmit same to the appropriate Security Agency for pre-emptive measures/actions;
d. To engage in Peace Education, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in order to advance the course of Peace-building, Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation in all communities in Nigeria;
e. To secure Educational Institutions from intruders and to combat all forms of social decadence/vices, including cultism and examination malpractices with a view to creating peaceful and conducive atmosphere for learning;
f. To serve as a Reservoir and Spring-board of man-power for volunteerism and involvement in social and community services such as Crowd Control, Tour Guard/Guide, Emergency Relief Services, Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons, Voters’ Registration, Election Duties, Census, Immunization, Sanitation and First Aid;
g. To set up a centre saddled with the responsibility of training and building the capacity of the youths in the areas of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisition and;
h. To carry out other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly or any Bye-law.
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