Peace Corps of Nigeria came into existence as a result of the keen passion of its Founder, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh, FCITr, FCPA, FNSIS, to connect with the average Nigerian youth: to understand their unique personalities, to share their dreams and aspirations, their fears and hopes, and their failures and successes; with a view to developing, harnessing and redirecting their productive energies towards the socio-economic and political advancement of the Nation.
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. In his inference, 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 Peace Corps of Nigeria on 10th July, 1998 at Kaduna, Nigeria.
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 adverse contemporary challenges, but each member of the Corps has 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.