Signature Nigeria Project (…I Sign 4 One Nigeria)
The PCN initiated the ‘Signature Nigeria’ project, with the slogan ‘I Sign for One Nigeria’, in view of the compelling need to uphold the peace, unity and indivisibility of Nigeria. The project was further necessitated by the fact that Nigeria’s corporate existence came under severe threats of sectarian agitations and heated campaigns for self–determination. PCN is strongly of the opinion that the secession of any group will neither do any good to the group nor any other component part of Nigeria; hence the need to advocate for one Nigeria, regardless of our ethno-religious and socio-political diversities.
This is even more imperative, considering that in a 17-page report, which is a summary of the outcome of a One–Day Conference of ‘US Experts on Africa’, convened in January 2005 and sponsored by the Country’s National Intelligence Agency to discuss likely trends in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next 15 years, emphasis was made that potential developments might accelerate decline in Africa and further diminish our limited optimism for peace and development. A portion of the report is quoted as follows
“…while currently Nigeria’s leaders are locked in a bad marriage that all dislike but dare not leave, there are possibilities that could disrupt the precarious equilibrium in Abuja. The most important would be a junior officer coup that could destabilize the country to the extent that open warfare breaks out in many places in a sustained manner. If Nigeria were to become a failed state, it could drag down a large part of the West African Region. Even State failures in smaller Countries such as Liberia, Sudan etc., has the effect of destabilizing entire neighborhoods.”
The UN International Day of Peace
21st September of every year is set-aside globally to commemorate the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. It is a day when nations around the world are invited to honor a cessation of hostilities. On that day, people are encouraged to take part in various activities and organize events on the central theme of PEACE. Such events may vary from private gatherings to public concerts and forums, involving large audiences. In commemorating the UN International Peace Day in Nigeria, Peace Corps of Nigeria usually collaborates with major stakeholders within and outside Nigeria.
The International Day of Peace for 2016 will hold September 21st. PCN activities for the day will be revealed soon.
Peace Corps of Nigeria and Rio+20
The Peace Corps of Nigeria has pioneered the initiative of sensitizing the Nigerian citizenry on the salient issues of the Rio+20 initiative and Green Economy, by organizing seminars, workshops, rallies and periodic issuing of press statements. The cardinal objective of the Green Economy is the future wellbeing of the entire global community, in all facets of human endeavour. It is about the future of our youths. Peace Corps of Nigeria is proud to be among the Major Groups and Stakeholders of the Rio+20 initiative, with focus on Green Economy. The Rio+20 initiative provides the necessary impetus for nations, organizations and individuals to take ambitious steps toward strengthening institutional frameworks for the promotion of a global Green Economy, within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.
The Thirteen Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF.13) held at Nairobi, Kenya, and was attended by delegates from the Peace Corps of Nigeria and other notable organizations and individuals across Africa. The Forum created the need for the Nigerian Community to be sensitized on the objectives of Rio +20 initiative, especially on the Green Economy that borders on sustainable development.
The Peace Awards
Peace Corps of Nigeria instituted the awards of “Senior Advocate of Peace”, “International Peace Medal” and “International Special Peace Envoy”, to recognize and celebrate the efforts of men, women and institutions across the world, who have worked to end conflicts of any kind and to promote the culture of peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation. The Peace Awards was introduced by PCN in 2013, and formally inaugurated on Friday 23rd May, 2013 at United Nations Plaza, New York City, USA, during which some eminent personalities were conferred with the Maiden Awards.
The Awards also honour individuals and organizations whose actions have contributed immensely towards the unity and stability of Nigeria and the world at large These Awards, which have been registered with the Nigerian National Copyright Commission as the intellectual property of PCN, are conferred annually on eminent personalities and organizations, with a view to encouraging and empowering them to handle issues of diversity and critical strategies, that reinforce negotiations, critical thinking, peace-building, conflict resolution and international diplomacy.
PCN is of the view that what the global community needs today in order to develop and build ideal democratic cultures, is the conscientious inculcation of the culture of peace and the practice of non-violence amongst the people of all races and creeds. Peace and harmony can be achieved by imparting the ethics and spirit of peace-building, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict management and confidence-building. Hence the commissioning of men, women and institutions of repute as experts, who specialize in peace advocacy and conflict resolution, will be a huge boost to the quest for global peace.
Over the years, the Corps has articulated and archived the biographical details of prominent individuals and organizations from across the globe who have contributed significantly to peace, good governance and in their individual fields of expertise, from Education to Science, Engineering, Business and Health, among other human endeavours. Any of the above mentioned Awards therefore stand as a testament to the efforts made by such individuals and organizations towards Youth Empowerment, Peace and Security, Social Justice, Democratic values, Commitment to Humanitarian Services, Inter-religious Peace-building activities and good governance, as instrument for sustainable development.
The organization shall soon roll-out the programme for this year’s edition of the award.
Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador
The Sustainable Development Goals Ambassador, with the acronym (SDG AMB), is an initiative of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and has been registered by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) as PCN’s intellectual property.
It is instructive to note that during the 2015 United Nations’ General Assembly held at the Headquarters in New York City, USA, the post-2015 Development Agenda, christened “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), was adopted by the plenary attended by over 140 Heads of States and Governments, Members of Diplomatic Corps, Representatives of UN Permanent Missions, Heads of UN Agencies and leaders of Civil Society Organizations, which PCN was a part of. The UN process of horse-trading and complex negotiations have thus created unimaginable long lists of 169 Development Targets. All of these targets are well intentioned, but central to their attainment, is Peace, which is UN’s highest calling.
Therefore, in furtherance of the quest for a holistic commitment to end insecurity of any kind, as it constitutes a threat to peaceful coexistence and sustainable development, and guided by the spirit and letters of the United Nations’ Charter and the commitment of all member states and organizations in Consultative Status, to promote Peace, Human Rights and Development, PCN introduced the SDG Ambassador Award.
ANNIVERSARY/FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION
The Peace Corps of Nigeria with a mandate for Youth Advocacy resultantly and annually – every 10th of July – commemorates her achievements in a glamorous anniversary celebration that witnesses the presence of dignitaries of high repute. Part of the activities lined up for the event include:
- – Anniversary Parade
- – Award/Gala Nite
- – Visit to Orphanage Homes, Prisons and Internally Displaced Persons’ Homes
- – Jumat Prayer and
- – Thanksgiving service.