Despite the numerous foundational challenges encountered by the Peace Corps of Nigeria, it has recorded modest and remarkable achievements; prominent of which includes:
Partnership with statutory security agencies to enforce compliance with the COVID-19 lockdown order, and the launching of “Operation Wear Your Facemask”, to sensitize the citizenry on the strategies to adopt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in line with the protocols of the WHO and NCDC;
Ongoing construction of the premier Peace Academy at Ogoli-Ugboju, on a 17-acre land with Certificate of Occupancy, for which the perimeter fencing and other preliminary works have been carried out on the site;
The Introduction and successful passage of the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC) Bill (a Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps; in order to Empower, Develop and to provide Alternative Employment for the Youths, as well as to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Nation–building and for other related matters, 2015) by the two (2) Chambers of the National Assembly i.e. the Senate and the House of Representatives.
This all-important Bill enjoyed the massive support of key stakeholders and the general public during its Public Hearings at both Chambers. Though, the bill was passed by the 8th National Assembly but Presidential assent was withheld, it was however, re-introduced in the Ninth National Assembly and currently undergoing legislative process;
So far, the Corps has a befitting and well-structured Headquarters in Abuja and a network of branch offices in all the 36 States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory;
From initial Strength of less than 9 members at inception, PCN currently has membership strength of over 187,000 members, comprising of both regular members and volunteers;
Establishment of Peace Clubs in Schools and Colleges across the Federation, with regular training and retraining of its members to boost their capacities;
PCN, has won over 15 landmark Court judgments against persons and Agencies who have tried to muscle it out of existence, including the recent judgement delivered by Justice Ita G. Mbaba, JCA, of Owerri Court of Appeal against the Department of State Service (DSS), restraining the DSS from disrupting the lawful activities of PCN;
PCN was enlisted by the United Nations Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) in 2011 and subsequently granted a Special Consultative Status by the UN on 1st August, 2013, after a successful defence of its application by a 2-man delegation led by the National Commandant in January, 2013 at the UN Headquarters, USA. The Corps was also affiliated to Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO in March, 2013;
Formal recognition was accorded to PCN and its activities by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in 2004, which was renewed in October, 2013. In similar vein, the activities of PCN in Schools and Colleges were registered and accorded recognition by the Federal Ministry of Education, under its General Education and Support Services in October, 2002;
Secured approval of the Federal Ministry of Education for the establishment of PCN in all colleges (Unity Schools) across the states of the federation, just as it also secured approval of the Government of 36 States of the Federation for the establishment of PCN in their respective Schools and Colleges;
PCN in 2010, introduced and has successfully hosted UN International Day of Peace every 21st September, which has attracted the partnership of Federal Ministries, Agencies, Non- Governmental Organisations and other Civil Society Organisations;
The sponsorship and participation of Principal Officers of PCN to the UN Conference on Green Economy at UN Regional Office in Nairabi, Kenya; UN Ex-Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, both in 2012 and the annual sponsorship of Senior Officers of the organization to UN Conferences and Meetings, including the UN General Assembly since 2013, at its Headquarters in New York City, USA and Regional office in Geneva, Switzerland;
PCN was granted approval by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), for partnership in Disaster Management Services since 2011;
The introduction and registration of Peace Award (“Senior Advocate of Peace”, “International Peace Medal” and “International Peace Envoy”) by PCN, which has been accorded national and international recognition.
The Peace Award is conferred on well-meaning and deserving individuals across the globe annually, at a side event organized by PCN during UN General Assembly; and the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassador’s Award, which has been registered as Peace Corps of Nigeria’s Intellectual Property by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).