Why Nigerian Peace Corps is collecting N40, 000 from unemployed youth — Commandant

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The N40, 000 the Nigerian Peace Corps is taking from mostly unemployed youth who seek job placement in the organisation covers the running cost and provision of materials, its National Commandant said on Thursday.

Dickson Akor said during a press briefing in Abuja that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission had investigated the movement as far back as 2004 and cleared it of any wrongdoing.

“The ICPC has investigated us in 2004 and established that the money is going towards training materials and we’re not extorting money from the youth,” Mr. Akor said.

He added that the Peace Corps also pay instructors to train its members at its training facilities across the country.

“We have been holding workshops and training our members and we buy them training materials and also pay honorarium to their lecturers,” Mr. Akor said.

“We also pay our existing staff and not a single one of them is earning less than N40, 000 per month even though we’re not getting any support from the government right now.”

The comments came hours after the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives harmonised the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill to give the group, which had operated as a volunteer organisation for 18 years, government backing.

The bill is expected to be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

Mr. Akor said the organisation would stop charging for services once the bill is signed into law.

“Immediately the president assents to this bill, nobody will pay a dime to be trained,” Mr. Akor said. “Nobody will pay any money for registration.”

Mr. Akor said the Peace Corps will create employment for the Nigerian youth to “promote the culture of peace” by providing community service and neighbourhood watch for nation building.

He said the services are currently not being rendered by the police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps or any other existing security agencies.


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  • thusspokez

    The N40, 000 the Nigerian Peace Corps is taking from mostly unemployed youth who seek job placement in the organisation covers the running cost and provision of materials, its National Commandant said on Thursday.

    This is theft and a scandal. The Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC) is public funded just like the police, army, and the EFCC. Now replace NPC with (say) the Nigerian Police or Nigerian Army. I am sure that must people will find it outrageous that the Nigerian Police or Nigerian Army is collecting money from youths seeking employment with them.

  • Abubakar musa

    I had this story but, 40000 is too much commandant.Okay?

    • adamu

      if is too much then ignor about it.

  • Okey Okoye

    Extortion as far am concern. The training materials are the responsibility of the Fed.

    • adamu

      point of correction sir the bill is not yet sign by the federal government soo read before you replay

      • Okey Okoye

        The law makers will turn it to personal purse, is Nigeria , anything goes.

  • Demeji

    Nigeria government and exploitation!!Is the Nigerian peace corps .A volunteer membership or Government agency.The problem I have with Nigeria government,is that are leaders are wasteful,visionless and backward in thinking.We don’t need another security agency.All what we need is reformation and reorganization of the Nigerian police.Our Nigerian police force,just needs to be developed to world standards.There are different ways the teaming unemployed Youths can be absolved into the mainstream securities forces in Nigeria.
    (1)Security call operations.Police control centres in each local government and state to Federal levels.
    (2)Immigration control centres in monitoring the vast majority of our borders,registration centres in dealing with people database,how many people are going through our country at each particular time,monitoring activities of foreigners in Nigeria.
    (3)Immigration assistants reducing pressure on the Nigerian immigration workload.
    (4)Increase the numbers of Nigeria police force in dealing with difficult crimes,identity theft,robbery,fraud crimes etc our police force is still sort of manpower compared to Nigeria population.
    (5)Community police force dealing with local authorities policing the local and rural areas and villages.
    (6)Forensic scientists,criminal laboratories technician,Mobile police.Passports officers.
    (7)Encourages of private security contractors given licenses to operate and create employment.Nigerian is still unsafe and facing challenges in dealing with security both internet and external .We need to start to think on ,ways to make good use about our human resources,in a advance and civilized way.What lastly about the army .God bless Nigeria!!!!

  • Oladapo

    The organization also collects N2000 from its corps members. At least I am sure of this in Ondo State. They call it Development Levy. The big question that should bother our Assembly men is how this organization came about. How did the originators intended it would be funded IF the government had no hand in it initially. This is a SCAM just like MMM. I feel sorry for the poor chaps.