Reps Pass Peace Corps Bill

The House of Representatives has ignored protests by security agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, to pass a Bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps.

The Votes and Proceedings of the House, which The PUNCH obtained in Abuja on Sunday, showed that lawmakers endorsed the 45-clause report on the Bill, setting it up for concurrence by the Senate.

“The Bill sailed through on Thursday, last week; a new organization legally-backed by the Federal Government is underway.

The Bill was sponsored by an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kebbi State, Rt Hon. Abdullahi Umar-Farouk.

However, during the public hearing held on the Bill by the House Committee on Interior, the police, NSCDC and other security agencies vehemently opposed the idea of legalizing the Peace Corps.

They claimed that they would duplicate the duties of existing agencies.

But, the report of the committee to the House indicated otherwise.

The report, which was defended by the Chairman of the committee, Mr. Jagaba Adams-Jagaba, stated that majority of the stakeholders, who presented memoranda at the hearing, supported the corps.

According to him, “90 memoranda” were received on the Peace Corps Bill, besides other contributions from members of the public.

The report noted that, apart from the police and the NSCDC especially, the stakeholders generally expressed support for the Bill.

“Stakeholders were unanimous in their support for the Nigerian Peace Corps, saying when established, it would complement efforts of other security agencies and enhance youth empowerment,” it added.

Culled from The PUNCH.

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Pictures from PCN 17th Anniversary

17th Anniversary of the Peace Corps of Nigeria – National Executive Council and state Commandants’ briefing followed by visit and presentation of gift items to the ‘INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE’S Camp, Durumi, Abuja as part of the activities lined up to commemorate the Birthday of National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb. (Dr) Dickson Akoh.

Including a World Press Conference to commemorate the 17th Year Anniversary of Peace Corps of Nigeria/Founder’s Day Celebration at PCN Hqrs, Gwarinpa, Abuja.

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PCN donates food items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has donated food items  to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja.

The Corps which visited the IDPs camp in Durumi, presented different food items to the displaced persons, including bags of rice, groundnut oils and detergents.

Speaking during the visit, the National Commandant, Amb Dickson Akoh, stated that the visit was targeted at giving the displaced persons, mostly women and children, a sense of belonging, especially during the period of the Salah.

Akoh, who led a delegate to the settlement, stated that the visit was part of the event slated to celebrate the 17th Year Anniversary/Founder’s day of the PCN with the IDPs, reassuring the IDPs, who he said deserve proper attention, of his support in times of needs.

The Commandant also called on government, relevant organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the displaced persons who have to leave their place of abode due to the insurgency.

Responding, Musa Buba, a representative of the IDPs, while receiving the gift items, commended Peace Corps for their kind gesture, lamenting that they have lost husbands, wives and children in the cause of the insurgence.

More than 1600 Youths passes out from Peace Corps

1620 Peace Corps Cadets will be commissioned on the 21st of March 2015 in Rivers State. Highlights of the ceremony will include:

  1. Parade
  2. Drill
  3. Peace Night
  4. Conferment of State Grand Patron Award – “Commander of Peace”.

Camp Venue: Modern Primary School, Beeri, Nyakhone District, Khana LGA, Rivers State.

Amb. Akoh Awarded National Leadership Award

Peace Corps of Nigeria Commandant, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson A. O. Akoh, FCITr, FCPA was on the 12th of March 2015 selected as WINNER of the prestigious National Leadership Award. The award is said to be very valuable as it marks the end of 4th tenure of the Fourth Republic of Nigeria.

The award ceremony was jointly organized by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President in Ethics and Values, the National Leadership Award Group and managed by Leadership Award Ltd.

HB 616 Scaled through Second Reading in House of Reps

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill Title HB 616 Scaled through Second Reading in House of Representatives. The Bill is sponsored by Hon. Joseph Haruna Kigbu. While in the Senate, the bill has scaled through First Reading with the title, SB 502 and Sponsored by Sen. Alkali Jajere.


The PCN has instituted the Awards of Senior Advocate of Peace, International Peace Medal and International Special Peace Envoy to celebrate and recognize the efforts of those who have worked to end conflict of any kind and promote the culture of Peace in Nigeria in particular and the World at large.

The historic event will take place at Mid-Town East, One United Nations Plaza New York City, 10017-3575, United States of America on May 23rd, 2014, 12:30pm Prompt.

The occasion will be under the Distinguished Chairmanship of the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, JP, CFR, L.L.D, while the Special Guest of Honour for the event is Her Excellency Prof. Joy Ogwu the Nigerian Ambassador and representative to the United Nations and the keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Brad Heckman, the Chief Executive Officer, New York Peace Institute, USA.

The PCN was invited to attend the 13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues between 12th – 23rd May, 2014 during which the Conference will discuss “Principles of good governance consistent with United Nations declaration on the right of Indigenous people: Articles 3-6 & 49” will be presented by High Powered Delegation of the Organization.

The Inauguration of the Peace Awards and its conferment is a Side-Event being organized by the Peace Corps of Nigeria on the last day of the Session.

The Awardees and their entourage as well as other delegates/friends will be treated to a Dinner Party at the Tropical Grill Lounge situated at 153-41 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica, New York City where Nigerian Cuisine and other African delicacies will be served.

Again, Peace Corps wins case against Police

The Federal High Court in Uyo, sitting before Justice I.L Ojukwu has declared that the invasion of the State Office of the Peace Corps of Nigeria in Akwa Ibom State by the Police in October last year was illegal and unconstitutional.

Delivering judgment in a suit instituted by the Incorporated Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria against the Police, the Court held that it was unacceptable and amounted to gross impunity for the Police to have arbitrarily invaded the Peace Corps Office without recourse to the rule of law.

In granting the reliefs sought by the Peace Corps, Justice Ojukwu granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Police from further arresting, molesting and harassing members of the Corps while carrying out their legitimate activities.

The Court, beside ordering the Police to release with immediate effect to the Organization, all the properties, including Office equipment and Uniform, confiscated by the Police from the Peace Corps Office, ordered the Police to pay N2 million to the Peace Corps as damages incurred.

Justice Ojukwu further held that the Uniform of the Peace Corps is akin to that of National Youth Service Corps, Man ‘O War, School Cadets and other youth uniform organizations.

She therefore said members of the Organization are entitled to their uniform, as it does not breach any law of the Federation.

While reacting to the judgment, the National Commandant of the Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, commended the judiciary for its fairness in judgment.

He said it was indeed pleasing to know that the judiciary still stands firm in defending the common man.

In reiterating that this was the 6th landmark victory won by the Corps against the Police, Ambassador Akoh stated that the refusal of the Police to obey these series of judgments are clear indications that they are making a mockery of the rule of law as it was an affront to the judiciary.

Peace Corps Bill passes First Reading

The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill has passed its first reading at the Senate. The Bill title, HB 616: Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, 2013, is Sponsored by Hon. Joseph Haruna Kigbu and was read 29th April 2014.