EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian senators took bribes to pass Peace Corps Bill

Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17). 03822/26/7/17/Supo Olosunde/BJO/NAN

To pass the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, senators received kickbacks in form of job slots and cash reward from the promoters of the proposed paramilitary organisation, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

Scores of senators received at least seven employment slots each to back the bill, which was passed to, amongst other things, create the Nigerian Peace Corps as the country’s newest law enforcement agency.

Some of the lawmakers considered key to the passage of the law got as much as 500 slots, our findings show.

Other senators received cash rewards for their acquiescence, multiple senators, including those who benefited, told PREMIUM TIMES.

The bribery scheme became so brazen that some senators who were members of the committees that worked on the bill pointedly accused each other of being bought by the Peace Corps.

But the leadership of the Senate quickly weighed in, made peace amongst the feuding senators and hushed up the case, consequently saving the upper chamber from another major embarrassment, our sources said.

But the Peace Corps denied offering bribes to lawmakers to secure the major milestone in its decade-long quest to become a government agency.

“At no point did our organisation offered any bribes to lawmakers,” Milicent Umoru, the group’s spokesperson, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday. “The bill actually suffered a whole lot before it was finally adopted a few days ago.”

Both chambers of the National Assembly passed the bill “because they see it as necessary to curb acute unemployment amongst Nigerian youth,” she added. It remains unclear Saturday whether members of the House of Representatives also took bribes to pass the bill.

The Senate approved the harmonised version of the controversial bill on Tuesday, despite deep scepticism from its own Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters that the bill offers virtually no unique service to the public.

David Umaru, the committee chairman who was mandated by the Senate to look into the significance of the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, delivered a scathing review of the paramilitary group when he laid the findings of his committee before the Senate Tuesday.

“The powers, functions, e.t.c., of the Peace Corps call for concern and this committee would wish that they are subjected to further examination,” Mr. Umaru, APC-Niger East, said.

The senator said the attempts by promoters of the Peace Corps to make government absorb it was strange and starkly different from the approach of its sister organisation in the United States.

“The American Peace Corps, which is used as a model, does not operate as a permanent and pensionable employment as intended in Nigeria under this proposed legislation,” Mr. Umaru said. “Rather, its employment is for a limited period of five years only for regular employees and 24 months for volunteers.”

Yet, Mr. Umaru went on to recommend that the Senate should proceed with passing the harmonised version of the Peace Corps Bill, clearing the way for its onward transfer to the president’s desk for assent.

Dickson Akoh, Peace Corps’ national commandant, said his organisations would offer what the American Peace Corps offers and even more.

The Peace Corps will achieve capacity building for youth creativity and intervention; capacity building for youth development and empowerment in agriculture; and peace education and conflict resolution, Mr. Akoh said.

But a majority of existing government agencies expressed strong opposition to the creation of the organisation.

At a House committee hearing during consideration of the bill, the Office of the Head of Service (HoS) said several government agencies with similar mandates as Peace Corps already exist and listed the Ministry of Youth Development and Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity and Ministry of Environment as examples.

Other existing law enforcement agencies include: Ministry of Education, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, National Orientation Agency, National Poverty Eradication Programme and, National Directorate of Employment. The list is far from being exhausted, the head of service said.

Consequently, the HoS urged lawmakers to consider “the implications of the proposed creation of Nigerian Peace Corps on the cost of governance and duplication of duties of existing agencies.”

Law enforcement agencies have taken measures against the Peace Corps since at least 2003 when the State Security Service arrested Mr. Akoh and shut down his offices across the country.

He resumed operation in 2007. But when the SSS clamped down on his organisation again, he launched a civil lawsuit which has dragged since then.

This year alone, the police have detained Mr. Akoh at least twice.

At the first incident, armed officers from police, SSS and the Nigerian Army stormed the head office of the Peace Corps and took Mr. Akoh and more than 40 others into custody.

The head office was also shut by the police, and has not been reopened ever since.

Mr. Akoh said he had won at least 11 cases against different security agencies over the past 15 years. The police will neither confirm nor deny this assertion.

While several agencies under executive control have openly expressed opposition to the Peace Corps, President Muhammadu Buhari and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo have not said whether they will assent to the bill or reject it.

Enquiries directed to presidential spokespersons, including Garba Shehu, Laolu Akande and Femi Adesina, went unanswered throughout Thursday.

Senate sources with knowledge about the tactics of the Peace Corps told PREMIUM TIMES the group’s promoters gave millions of naira to some senators.

“Apart from the cash bribes that they offered, they even gave some key lawmakers who worked to ensure that the bill was passed more than 1000 job slots,” a senator said.

But PREMIUM TIMES could not confirm if Mr. Umaru received cash bribes from the Peace Corps.

Promoters of the Peace Corps also put pressure on some lawmakers through their constituents.

“They asked our constituents to inundate us with calls about jobs prospects in the Peace Corps,” the senator said.

Senate spokesperson, Abdullahi Aliyu, did not respond to PREMIUM TIMES request for comments on the allegations.

But Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia South, denied receiving any bribes from the Peace Corps.

The “allegation is beneath contempt,” he said.

“None at all,” he said while responding to specific question on whether he received cash bribes.

Mr. Akoh was said to raised funds from the sale of forms to unemployed youth seeking job placement in his organisation. He has been selling employment forms to prospective recruits at N1,500 per copy.

But he told PREMIUM TIMES in January that the N40,000 he collects from prospective members was meant for registration, training, procurement of kits, amongst others.

“The ICPC has investigated us in 2004 and established that we’re not extorting money from the youth,” he added.

Other than the possible employment opportunities that an established Peace Corps could bring to Nigerian youth, there appears to be no other unique reason for its creation.

But even “this can be achieved by strengthening existing agencies and not necessarily creating a new one so as not to overburden the federal government,” Mr. Umaru said.

Yet, the senator declined requests from PREMIUM TIMES seeking to know why he urged his colleagues to allow the Peace Corps Bill scale through in disregard of the findings of his committee.

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  • Abdullah Musa

    One wonders how an individual can be allowed to create an agency for the federal government.
    What are the sources of his funds?
    Why not a security guard company?
    It appears it is a kind of militia with foreign funding.

    • Osborn Alex

      I suspect so too ooo.

      • Abdullah Musa

        You right my brother.

  • Watch man

    This den of robbers never cease to amaze. Do we really need another paramilitary organization now? NSCDC is a misadventure and this has not been fixed, yet we are talking about another outfit. What govt needs to do is sanitize the existing ones, equip them appropriately and add more personnel to strengthen them. This new one now is not necessary. Grossly irrelevant!

    • ACTION MAN

      That’s the reasonable thing to do. But do these legislathieves have reasoning faculty above that of animals? Theirs is self aggrandisement, bribery and curruption. Shame..

    • Justmyopinion

      On NSCDC: I could have agreed with you until i took an introspective look at our security architecture as a nation. Believe me, the NSCDC is rather a brilliant addition. It’s simple: Police concerns itself with internal security especially of the populace, army takes care ot protecting the integrity of the Nigeria border (eternal enemies), NSCDC takes care of state and federal infrastructure and critical National assets. Bear in mind that one thing that binds security agencies together irrespective of differences in mandate is “law enforcement”. That’s the reason why it may appear that there is duplication of roles. Will you call a committe to kill a poisinous snake when you see one? Ofcourse not!. You first kill it if you can then a burial committe can be set up for it’s burial. A soldier will not let an armed robber escape simply because his mandate is to fight external enemies. He tries to apprehend the robber first, then hands him over to the relevant agency mandated to prosecute him, which is the police. The truth is the police can do it all; they are doing their best no doubt but Nigeria is a big country and quite honestly it makes all sense to create agencies with specific mandates regarding security. Just my opinion…thanks.

    • uche francis

      What is ur real name my brother we all need to grow up and face reality

  • Uzoma Curtis

    I thank d Senate for passing of this bill. It will go along in curbing unemployment in our country. It can only be a guy news for d country

    • ACTION MAN

      I am ashamed of you. What value addition is this “job creation”? Instead of creating job opportunities through investments in agriculture, education, Healthcare, technology, etc. The new corps are already enmeshed in bribery scandals and have even collected bribes from prospective recruits, then tell me what value they will add to the society rather that corruption.

      • Emeka

        We know you. Your agenda amd what you have collected to come here and write hate speeches on what is a new era for the nigeria youths.but i tell you, that your plans have already failed even before you started. Peace corp is here to stay.
        Nothing can stop it.
        Long live Nigeria Peace Corp.

    • Osborn Alex

      And create more extortionists on our highways and office gates. Haba.

  • Mama Kay

    Thank God for investigative journalism.

    Simple, the president should not sign it and refer it back to the NASS.

    I really don’t know why people think the government must create employment. The function of the government is to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to create employment.

    Provide infrastructure, power and security, Nigeria will fly.

  • ACTION MAN

    It is sad that an individual can create a security organization for the government. It is even very silly to see such as an employment creation tool. Is this how to create jobs? Idiots in government. Nigeria is doomed if people with this kind of mentally are not cleansed out of the system and urgently too.

    • Peace

      People like you need to be cleansed for life. You dnt deserve to be a Nigerian.
      Long liveNPC

    • uche Francis

      What is ur real name sir? let us start from there ?why are people that is against the youths hinding their real name here ?mr no man sir

    • uche Francis

      Instead of u to think of how to inspired the youths u are there casting another man efforts a man like u created an avenue for employment u are here how many youth in ur village have u inspired? Let forget Nigeria for now and talk about ur village be sincere to ur self and answer me my brother

  • thusspokez

    Enquiries directed to presidential spokespersons, including Garba Shehu, Laolu Akande and Femi Adesina, went unanswered throughout Thursday.

    Are they not the wrong spokespersons to contact? What could they tell you in Buhar’si absence. Shouldn’t you be contacting the Acting President’s spokespersons instead?

    • Alpha

      I believe that’s what Laolu Akande is.

  • thusspokez

    Yet, the senator declined requests from PREMIUM TIMES seeking to know why he urged his colleagues to allow the Peace Corps Bill scale through in disregard of the findings of his committee.

    Let’s hope that the Acting President does the right thing and not sign the bill into law.

    • Chike

      You must be an agent of destruction. I dont blame you. Maybe you are part of the failed nigeria police that has failed the nation and you are here writing nonsense.
      Nigeria Peace corp is here to stay and will be accented to by the acting or main president. Long live NPC.

    • Jugo Godson

      This so called tout called thusspoken must be a failed Nupec, but God must win@last. Thumbs u for our senators and presidency.Thank u Jesus

      • thusspokez

        A para military group bribing its way into legitimacy. Where did they get the money? And one would think that this would ring the alarm bell except that this is happening in Nigeria and the legislators don’t care about the future but only the immediate size of their bank account.

        I am happy that the SSS, Police and the Nigerian army are all against this mafia-like group. And I hope that they continue to oppose it!

  • Chuma Anierobi

    SHAME SHAME SHAME

  • musa aliyu

    And U call this a nation? Then we brag of copying anything, everything from the West. Do they live this way? Even though they call theirs ‘lobbying’, just the same way Trump “lobbied” to repeal Obama care

  • Bright Ezeh

    Biafra at all the way

  • Eyo

    What a shameless human beings, enemy of Nigeria development. The president should kill the bill

    • Femi

      Kill you. You mean.
      Shameless

    • uche francis

      My brother all I can say is that u need orientation, how can u imaging killing thousands of nigerian youth because u are a novice of the importance of that bill are u truly a Nigeria youth I pity for u and those deciving u seriously and pray that God should open ur eyes first

  • Simply Niger DELTAN

    Are you from Niger DELTA, are you from the SOUTH SOUTH or are you from the EAST? Yiou must be a f00l, in fact a very BIG f00l if you vote or partake of any elections organized by Nigeria henceforth.

    The Senators have voted that there shall be no restructuring. I tell you this, ALL the senators who voted against restructuring and even those Governors from the EAST and Niger Delta who are encouraging restructuring rather than SECESSION are all crooks and hypocrites. If there were not, then why do they have their Children studying in UK, US, Germany, Morrocco etc? If Nigeria is good and they love it so then why do they send their children and grand children abroad (Apart from Governor Fayose) to study? They receive treatment abroad, study abroad, holiday abroad etc and the only time they need you is ask for your votes. And stewpid you will vote like a f00l. God punish you.

    If you love change and want change then REFUSE to participate in any elections in Nigeria beginning from today….Anambra Elections and so on. What we want is SECESSION. A complete break up of Nigeria. You don’t need 100m people top form a country.

    1. Norway = 4.2m people (Delta State = 4.6m people)
    2. Sweden = 9m (Delta + Rivers)
    3. Sierra Leone = 6m (Rivers = 6.5m)
    4. Finland = 5.5m (Anambra = 5.4m)

    So my friends, don’t be deceived. There is no future in Nigeria. None! Only those useless politicians who benefit tell you that all is ok. Don’t allow criminals use your brains to achieve their selfish ends. Demand change. Demand a new country today.

    • SayNo2Tribalism

      You do not convince people by insulting them! Stop spreading hate while hiding behind your keyboard.

  • Mazi

    Sir Nnamdi Kanu has been vindicated.

  • Frank

    I thought Bokohari of blessed memory told us that his APC party people are men and women of change.

    • Black power

      You have just glorified the senate on their thieving schemes.

  • Law

    Premium Times Editor, thanks for this publication. I’m not a politician or do I have anything personal against the police. I have over time placed so much premium on you. This publication has however changed my perception. Do you know that NDLEA, NSO now DSS & NDI, Efcc were all departments or units under office of IG of NPF. Due to inefficiency, discipline and corruption of which the three are children of same womb, the government created them at various times.Think of story from police themselves that Evans was arrested before now for robbery and corruptly granted freedom. ICPC was created and due to corruption in the police they could not operate. Check their offices and as journalist question why they don’t have police attached to them for effective operations. This publication of yours to me is a promotion of inept, inefficient and corrupt NPF that has failed the nation, themselves and NPF as an institution.

  • joelaw

    The President should veto this outright. People just love control and uniform, otherwise there is no need for this contraption called ‘peace corps’. Let the military absorb them if they really want to help protect the nation, otherwise before you know it, they will turn a hydra headed monster molesting innocent citizens. What has happened to the overseas technical assistance program in the mode of the American peace corps, if we must copy America, we better copy the right thing. The American peace Corp is not a para-military organization, and if government must create jobs for the teeming youths, create agricultural businesses not this pipe dream. Again aren’t many of our senators full blown illiterates or educated illiterates, why should they even approve something like this, if not for the bribe involved, shame on them.

    • Osborn Alex

      Truth they say, hurts those who hate it. You have sppken the truth. Thank you.

  • Riot50000

    FIRST, THEY LRGALIZE CORRUPTION, THEN THEY TELL YOU THEY ARE FIGHTING CORRUPTION.
    An anti virus manufacturer who writes and releases malware and viruses, and then make people buy their antivirus software to protect your computer from the viruses they wrote and released.
    Diezeani was just following the culture SET up by hsuda/foolani/OBASANJO regimes , the people responsible for today’s KLEPTOCRACY with impunity in the Zoo.
    Wow!
    I just gave Nigerians some brilliant business idea.
    Just share the loot with me when you succeed

  • George Iyen

    I for one, I think this is not the best way we should tell the National Assembly thank you for the good work they have done. There is something all Nigeria should know that if you cannot build please don’t destroy. We should be grateful the the Leadership of the National Assembly for doing a very good work for passing the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill. Knowledge they say is superior to ignorance. From what the Senators have done so far I see them as men of wisdom and I am confidence that Mr President will assent to the Bill because its a welcome development.

    • Dawood

      Nigerians are not surprised by the result of this PTs investigation. NASS is a cabal of thieves and looters, and they are as dangerous to the development of this as Boko Haram. Thank them? Thank them for what? For corruption? You must be part of the problem. Nigerians strongly urge the Buhari administration to kill this thieving organisation.

      • George Iyen

        Mr Dawood please learn to criticized constructively because with the evidence I have before me the 8th National Assembly made the best decision and they are the best.God bless the National Assembly and God bless Nigeria

        • Dawood

          For a creature like you Ibori is the best. What’s the evidence you have before you, a bulging brown bag?

          • George Iyen

            Did you also think Peace Corps bribe the United Nation before he was granted special consultative status or did you also think Peace corp also bribe the African Union before he was also granted recognition, do you think Peace Corps also bribe all those present at the Public hearing in support of the Corps? Both the Religious leaders, Government Agency and others? Do you think Peace Corps also bribe the Nigerian Army that makes them to invit Peace corps at their Arms Force Remembrance Day? Please I will like to know your answer to all these questions. Knowledge they say its superior to ignorance

      • Comfortkay

        God will bless you Sir

      • George Iyen

        The question now begging for answers from every rational mind is that can any youth based Organization has the financial capacity or wherewithal to bribe a single Senator or House of Representatives member, how much more of the entire National Assembly members and its leadership; some of whom where former Governors, Ministers, Business moguls, Retired Generals, e.t.c. After the Passage of the Bill, we do expect deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny by those who want to truncate it being assented to by the Mr President.

      • emmanuel

        Buhari is not better than them, they are all bunch of thieves. Infact Buhari is their father in thieving and forgery. How can a thief sanitise a thief.
        Out 1978 42.8 billion Oi money theft is still a moral burden to-date.
        The $286 million of the NIA, from where Mr. Oke stole $48 million is yet to be resolved, after Magu disgraced Buhari and his hypocritical followers and Vice who swept the investigation under the carpet to hide their shame.
        Buharis friends, inlaws, party men, cronies, towns men etc are all present there. Your Sinator is also there. Recall him

        • uche francis

          Uche francis:
          Come to think deeply about this, We have over 100 senators in
          d upper chamber, in which some are ex governors, ex military
          personnel, notable and rich people at that. how much could
          the PCN give to this people all in d name of bribe as you have
          said SR and PREMIUM TIMES? secondly, remember police are
          monitoring this organisation day to day activities! even when
          bribe somebody, are we saying nobody will have let d cat out
          of the bag? lastly, at the first reading, second reading and
          public hearing, many memoranda were received, from different
          people outside d house, does that mean d organisation is
          doing home to home, palace to palace bribery? Don’t be too
          eager to write after you have been deceived by little cooked
          stories by some known or unknown man/men. you can do
          better and do be biased if you love the youth of this nation…
          Write with thorough investigation in order not to give yourself
          names.
          # STANDW_PCN ##

  • Tahir

    This is tragic but not surprising. These bandits and rogues can do anything for money. It is only in a failed state that a rogue will create a self serving edifice and shamelessly seek to impose it on government. How else can anybody justify this Okoh as Head of a law enforcement agency. Who appointed him and through what process. These bandits have ruined Nigeria. Even Haiti in the late 70s was not as bad. They were ruined by bandits and Nigeria is under the seize of legislooters. Almighty God will destroy them sooner than later.

    • uche francis

      Are u sure u are a youth my brother why condemning the effort of a youngman like u try and change ur perspetive akoh is a youngman like u and he has done so well bring peace corp this far let me ask u what have u done to empower the youth in ur village let leave nigeria for now and talk about ur village please we all need to encourage him instend of casting him ok think about it

  • emmanuel

    Now Oluremi i see for the photo? ahhhh, so Dino Melaiye don retire dis woman? N a wa ooo. A bench warmer and allowance collector Sinator.
    Meanwhile, PT i beg make una reduce dis “How” as your caption for news headline.
    A house led by Saraki cannot be anything clean.

  • Gene.

    Do people actually think that the Nigerian government don’t know that there is a high unemployment rate in the country or they don’t know that they have the ability to absorb more people into the already existing security agencies as a means of curbing unemployment in the country? They know, but the different levels of unemployment in the country, in which we are all guilty of- one way or the other, will not allow us to explore that full potential because employment is majorly done by social connections these days…. So, if by creating or giving backing to another agency to assist the existing agencies will atleast get the “common” Nigerian youth who does not have the social ability to reach one dignitary for a government job, then I honestly don’t think we should be here spreading negativity on something that will help the youth…we all know that the media has the capacity to spread positive news about whatever is happening around, but unfortunately negative aspects of news sells more. The Nigerian Police force have sadly never been as efficient as they were created to be, and that is why all these other security outfits have been coming up, check history… Even after this peace corps, more nd more will still emerge with time. That’s the only thing that is constant, change. So let’s pray for good change and be positive about the change when it comes.

    • Black power

      As much as I would like to agree with your submission, it is also Pertinent to know that it will go down in history how the bill was passed, the corruptive manipulations and conspiracies that took place before the passage of the bill will be a shameful Foundation of the peace corps. It simply put that we are note encouraging change in the way we do things. The red chamber is full of holocausts and it’s a shame on them above all else!

      • uche

        What do u know about the passage of the peace corp bill my friend pls let us try and look back at the beginning of this bill before condeming it and also condemning the effort of the red chamber for Goodness sake this bill went through public hearing and other legal procedure before getting it was finally adopted,what do you mean about conspiracy and manipulation please my brother let us encourage this youth in our own little way ok

      • uche francis

        What is the meaning of black power is it the name ur parents gave you how can u change the wonderful name ur parents gave you my brother is that not manipulation of name and shameful as a nigeria youth what are u teaching the younger ones coming at ur back do u really know the meaning of holocausts my brother i will advise u as a brother and my fellow youth to change ur ways first starting from ur name and encourage others u see are encouraging the youth like mr akoh so that u can grow ok that is my humble advice

        • Eigbadon Franklyn

          Franklyn Eigbadon

  • John Okoh

    It is time for EFCC to probe these so called Senators who are there to amass wealth instead of doing the peoples business .NASS is a disgrace. These men and women are supposed to be law makers and yet they plan to remain there in perpetuity doing nothing.Don, t you see why they voted against devolving powers to the States. Their salaries should be halved and the rest should be used to create jobs for the youths. Why does Nigeria like to copy US in many areas? American Peace Corps was set up to help America expand its influence to the rest of the world. They are deployed in foreign countries and not domestically. Are Nigerian volunteers going to be deployed to foreign countries? Corruption has eaten the blood of every Nigerian that youngsters tell their parents their goal in life is to be members of NASS because of it is a place one can become rich and get all kinds of benefits. To get a job in Nigeria ,it is who you know and not what you know. I wish we can bring President Magafuli of Tanzania to rule Nigeria.

    • Maxwell Enifoghale Samson

      Pple’s business. Ds one they did, whats it called? Animal business bah? Use ur head pls

    • uche francis

      Instead of casting our honorable senators my brother why not praise them so they can do more for us the youths of this great country called Nigeria?is Tanzania better then Nigeria pls let us pray for them my brother they need our prayers now more then before OK

  • Kene Emmz

    “Good decision taken by the senate on Peace Corps”

    (I write in response to the ill post by premium times in respect to peace corps bribing the senate)

    By “Kene Emmz”

    This is a fabricated story to dent and soil the image and hard work of the Peace Corps and Nigerian Senate. The senate should be applauded and praised for a good decision in the establishment of the corps. Have you taken time to go through the process of the creation? From NGO registration to bill passage? Do you realize the intensity of hard work put in by patriotic Nigerians for such establishment?. Coming to think of it; How much can Peace Corps elites give the senate/Reps members to satisfy them?. We need to be critical in our thinking, let us read the core mandate and see the need of the establishment. It is paramount to note that God has backed this struggle from day 1 till date and it’s a God’s project. Part of the mandate of APC is job creation, and this drive is one. Adding youths in security and intelligence gathering cannot be over emphasised. Finally, The senates and others have done their best, and have seen the need of the creation/establishment. Security itself is for every one and it can be complimented by such development. I stand with what the Senate has put in black/white and I believe that what is done is key and vital for the growth and development of NIGERIA.
    Long live Nigeria
    Long live PMB
    Long Live Nigeria Senate
    Long Live Peace Corps
    I stand with Senate decision on Peace corps
    I am “Kene Emmz”

  • George Iyen

    The question now begging for answers from every rational mind is that can any youth based Organization has the financial capacity or wherewithal to bribe a single Senator or House of Representatives member, how much more of the entire National Assembly members and its leadership; some of whom where former Governors, Ministers, Business moguls, Retired Generals, e.t.c. After the Passage of the Bill, we do expect deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny by those who want to truncate it being assented to by the Mr President. Please let every Nigerian be thankful to the leadership of the Senate for their wonderful work. Once again I say thanks to the the Senate and to every well meaning Nigeria that supported this landmark achievement. God bless Nigeria Senate.

  • Dayo Gideon Adebisi

    it’s a pity that a news paper like premium times can stoop so low into writting a disgusting story about an organization that has faced so many things…
    may i ask….
    1. How much does each senators collect.
    2. and why is it that this allegations os directed to the peace corp?…

    why?… dont we think in Nigeria at all?

    answer these…..

    who paid the senate to pass #NotTooYoungToRun. did you?

    who paid them for constitution review….

    who paid them for all the bills that passed?…

    who paid them for all the bills that failed?

    who paid them for all the bills that got killed?..

    I see you are not informed…… and ur news is fishy….

    i smell an anti youth employment in ur news…

    how i wish you know the truth.

    • Frank Bassey

      This is not the point, Sir. If you contend the story, show proof it was cooked up. We cannot continue this way. If the law-makers are corrupt and wasteful, is creating additional financial burden for Nigeria the way to solve the problem.Why can’t we think straight, for goodness sake?

      • Maxwell Enifoghale Samson

        U r looking at d financial conatraint…r u considering d effect on security of lives and properties. It can never be a waste bro. D earlier u admit, d better for u. Can we jux pls, fave d truth for once? Habah! Premium times. I was driving and police stopped me along d expressway to ibadan. I came down and preaented all my documents and he asked who were d men in d car. They all came down n introduced emselves and he was lamenting, there was need for govt to bring in more men into d force or more paramilitary to be approved cos, they cant do it. Their population is low. In a nation of over 160million, he analyzed it…a fed police at that. U simply can never understand. D finances is all u r looking at buh never d security benefit d org will serve. Lets use our head pls.

  • Frank Bassey

    Consequently, the HoS urged lawmakers to consider “the implications
    of the proposed creation of Nigerian Peace Corps on the cost of
    governance and duplication of duties of existing agencies.”
    THE PASSAGE OF THE PEACE CORPS BILL IS A GREAT DISSERVICE TO NIGERIA AT THESE TIMES OF ECONOMIC RECESSION. INSTEAD OF FINDING WAYS TO REDUCE COST OF GOVERNANCE, OUR CORRUPT LEADERS ARE WORSENING THE SITUATION. I KEEP ASKING: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN PEACE CORPS? IF THE GOAL IS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT, THEN THIS CAN BE DONE THROUGH MORE PRODUCTIVE AVENUES THAN CREATING A BODY THAT WILL BE A BURDEN TO NIGERIA’S ALREADY LEAN RESOURCES. AND TO ENGAGE ABLE-BODIED MEN AND WOMEN IN A N30,000 MONTHLY PAY IN THE NAME OF DOING NOTHING TANGIBLE IS NOT TO THEIR BENEFIT. WE ARE REALLY BORROWING TO PAY SALARIES AND THIS IS WHY THE ECONOMY WILL NEVER IMPROVE.

    • uche

      I can see that u are one of the enemy of the youth God will judge you and premium times

    • Maxwell Enifoghale Samson

      I shake my head for u. U r simply not a peaceful citizen of ds country. Were to be u r one, u will simply understamd what d 8th nass has done to thousands if nigerian youths. When they promised creation of jobs to unemployed nigerian youths, were u expecting em not to fulfil this? Now i c u r enemy of d apc and d truth of ds country.

      • SayNo2Tribalism

        You are not addressing the real issue which is FUNDING. Where will the funds come from? In a developing economy the government recurrent expenditure should be low in order to have more funds for capital development. Millions more jobs will be created if there is constant power supply.

        • Maxwell Enifoghale Samson

          U aint in d system. R u? Certainly not. All these fundimg u talk abt, do u think d govt doesnt know before they approved it? Lets be peaceful pls

        • captain 007 D

          Pls let us reason a peaceful nation is a healthy one. As for funds u can as well argue that sort similar agencies be scraped because of funding, if well strategically positioned it will create a more friendly business environment which in turn will create wealth, and also consider the employment benefits to the youths.

    • Emmanuel

      U’re only being myopic bcos if u’ll do well 2 make research on d ratio or capacity of security personnels in even countries dat are not as economically bouyant like nigeria not 2 talk of advanced countries, if u do, u’ll realize dat there are sufficient and effective security outfits over there than we have here in nigeria, dat is why ur children and bread winners in ur families are being kidnapped on the street like a turtle dove, imagine d level at which an average nigerian is reasoning calling their law makers theives people who spend almost all their days in the parliament just to make sure the rightful policies are made, if u know the worth of each law makers i’m very sure u’ll be able to decipher dat no amount of money a poor youth organization like peace corps of nigeria can contribute 2 buy d favour 4rm our law makers, in my state(osun) no government or agency is paying peace corps yet u’ll see them contributing overwhelmingly to d security of state owned secondary schools for years, now the time has come 4 them 2 be rewarded by making their bill an act of d paliament, media platform like premium times allowed itself 2 be hired by some ill fated personalities to tarnish peace corps image, well…, i know obstacles are what has made peace corps attained this height of success it is today, with dis blackmail i believe peace corps of nigeria is about to land in anoda aura of celebration in no distant time, NPC is making history, u sit down in ur palour, law makers and d presidency are brain storming about moving nigeria forward u’re busy criticizing blindly, u’ll soon understand with time, chronic indigenous illitrate and local champions when will u start welcoming positive CHANGE and stop being too shallow in ur finking…?

    • Nero

      My brother Frank thank you vry much please enlighten some nonentities.

  • Riot50000

    British latrine is always comparing itself with USA, an abomination that should carry a death sentence.

  • Oscar

    I don’t need anyone to tell me that you are also paid to carry out this your so called publication cos if I ask where are you when there bill as not been passed, when the so call men in Black arristed the boss of this so call Peace corps, a bill that has gone throu public hearing anyway am not surprised I was thinking you are better than other news but I can see that you are all same I am so so disappointed in you people, why can’t you just let this people called Peace corps work and let see cos I am proud of NSCDC today and am very sure this NIGERIAN PEACE CORPS will also do better.

    • Nero

      U r proud of my oga at the top,wow,a Senate composed of Dino M,(ill impregnate a fellow senator),o boy,another senator wanted for drug related issues,wow ooo wow,, Assembly (budget padding),it’s well o,a Senate President showing in Courtwith 90 lawyers(SAN) for that matter,,, don’t forget a house member on official duty asking doorman for a prostitute with his wife in another hotel,mennn,Magu a Major topic in d Senate while Nigerians are experiencing xonoforbic attacks in our continent, while d House is making noise for official cars (bullet proof), governors donating weelbiros and tricycle tires, should I keep going ,up till now some of you are reasoning like dis,police that is your friend repeatedly, accidently discharging innocent citizens,eg students sometimes as a result of alcohol,,no price control of both groceries and rent,thugs belonging to this same so called senators kill journalist for freedom of expression and relocating from the house to Senate and back to governors or vice versa strictly for immunity from prosecution for stolen funds,better yet some are so daft they take these stolen money to already developed countries ,(a vry wrong place to invest with all our GOD given natural blessings,agric,petroleum,solid minerals etc)like pension etc,yet just imagine what some of u are posting/arguing about,its a shame , some are talking peace cops, how equipped are the police that keep telling you in most cases of emergencies ( oga no fuel dey our o’) or sound the seriens very loud alarming the criminals to escape, FOR GOD’S SAKE ,mine o mine, then some see these dark soul infiltrated people ,yet you call them leaders “our leaders” that have been in power since you were given birth to,o mine we are truly doomed

  • Phoenix

    This post is absurd. I guess premium times have collected bribe for this. We need to change our mentality in Nigeria. That is what peace corp of nigeria are on the path to achieve. Long live NPC.

  • Phoenix 007

    PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA: Another Challenge.

    I’m the Founder/ National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), whose Bill was passed by the two Chambers of the National Assembly as Nigerian Peace Corps. The core mandate of NPC is to Develop, Empower and provide gainful Employment for the Youth, facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Service, Neighborhood Watch, Nation Building and other related matters. My attention was drawn to the article on Premium Times that cast the PCN in a contemptuous light, but on a second thought, they may be referring to a rival organization, National Unity And Peace Corps led by one Mr. Chinedu Nneji , whose Bill was nipped in the bud by the National Assembly.

    The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), as the largest youth organization in Africa, has a well-structured network of branches in all the States Capital in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with current membership strength of over 157, 000 comprising of both regular members and volunteers. PCN and its activities, established since 1998 in the ancient City of Kaduna, was accorded Federal Government recognition, under the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, since 2004 and is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. The Corps was in 2012 accorded a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations and assigned desk offices at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA and regional offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria. The African Union, in the same vein, accorded PCN a special Conservative Status in 2016 on the occasion of its 18th Anniversary. Also, the Federal Ministry of Education granted PCN approval to establish its activities in all the Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) in the Federation since 2011. It is also affiliated to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide emergency relief and humanitarian services.

    The Corps and its leadership has received over 70 Awards, Locally and Internationally. Does it mean this Organization bribed its way to have recorded all these achievements and recognition, including bribing its way to the hearts of African Union and United Nation’s? . From the foregoing, I wish to posit that it is most unfortunate that it has become a trade in stock for some individuals or groups, nowadays, to pre-occupy themselves with character assassination and distortion of obvious facts and figures against this noble objective. We recall too that the two Chambers of the National Assembly, as part of the legislative processes, organized Public Hearings in their respective Chambers in respect of NPC Bill. Over 570 Memoranda were received and 300 oral submissions made during the Public Hearings. In all of these, it was only 4 submissions and presentations that were against the passage of the Bill. Public Hearing is one of the most important part of Bill making processes. Does it means Peace Corps bribed its way into the hearts of all individuals and institutions, including Federal Government Ministries/ Agencies, Traditional and Religious Institutions that all advocated for the passage of the Bill?

    Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida once said, “If our Lord Jesus Christ was misrepresented, Prophet Mohammed too misrepresented in Their days of ministrations, then to be misrepresented is to be great.” Certainly, NPC is on the part to greatness. The question now begging for answers from every rational mind is that can any youth based Organization has the financial capacity or wherewithal to bribe a single Senator or House of Representatives member, how much more of the entire National Assembly members and its leadership; some of whom where former Governors, Ministers, Business moguls, Retired Generals, e.t.c. After the Passage of the Bill, we do expect deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny by those who want to truncate it being assented to by the Mr President. But certainly we never, in our imagination, expect it to come from Premium Time that we hold in high esteem. Who must have bribed Premium Time to play the role of the devil’s advocate? Nevertheless, when a witch cries in the night and a child dies in the morning, certainly the source is well known. What God, in His infinite mercies, has endorsed, no mortal being or beings in their conspiracy can derail. This too, is another challenge we shall triumph with truth and with God.

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not determined by where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but by where he stands at times of challenges and controversy” – Martin Luther King Jr

  • Aloysius Ayodeji

    One interesting and pleasing fact about the Media is that it drives for very sellable stories; make effort to vet them and often than not, disassociates from false information when it becomes evident such story is coated with fallacy. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said with some media houses in Nigeria.

    The Premium times has put up a very captivating story pointing at acts of bribery usually attributed to unscrupulous persons or organisations. This time, the outfit didn’t just point at any person but against the Nigeria Senate.

    Our point of dissatisfaction is the connectivity linking the Peace Corps of Nigeria and rubbing this picture of shame and National Disgrace on the walls of their online platform for the world to see.

    Before digging into facts of the matter, a few reservations yet loom for clarity – a BIG question; WHY? Why is it that before now, no media house has seen the window of information pointing at PCN giving bribe to the Senate? Why wasn’t a bribe discovered when the Senate through the distinguished Senator Bayero Nafada and other Senators, call the Peace Corps of Nigeria(PCN) and the National Unity and Peace Corps(NUPEC) to resolve differences? How come the very multitude of reputable media houses that have damned consequences against telling the truth, did not see the acts of bribery during the Senate Judiciary Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters inquiry into the operations of PCN and NUPEC. Interestingly worthy of note is the fact that the Nigeria Securities and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were fully represented in that Committee enquiry and they threw their weight of support on the Establishment of Nigeria Peace Corps. Again I posit, during and after the deliberation, no media house reported a suspected story of bribery nor an anomaly in the query approach of the committee. Why didn’t this same media see bribe before the first reading; second reading, public hearing and subsequent third readings?

    Furthermore, deliberations on decision making took place long before the Senate came out with the report of recognizing only PCN as the sole presenter of Bill that has been passed and adopted. It thus sparks fire of discrepancy somewhere by someone trying to truncate the height of achievements reached by Amb. (Dr) Dickson Akoh and the PCN.

    That a man is remanded in jail repeatedly or held in custody twice or three times in a year, doesn’t translate to him being a guilty party to a crime. The late Nelson Mandela was viewed by his captors as a radical and was held for 27 years yet the whole world fought for his emancipation. Rubbing dirt of remand on the face of fundamental human right of Amb. Akoh is to say the least, looking for a pin cap in packs of powdered pins.

    You speak of a distinguished Senate carrying out their duty, to ensure they took their time to confirm true identities, irrespective of how it affected PCN. A Senate that disregarded all our loud claims but in their good conscience, fairness, time and display of equity, followed up with a fusion of Bills of NUPEC and PCN while investigating further. You accuse a Senate that stood with the law; distanced themselves and didn’t come to the rescue of the man alleged to have given them bribe when he was wrongfully arrested and detained with 49 members of his staff? It yet baffles to think of this bribe because it must be very insignificant if it can’t make the Senate go against the law.

    It is also very pertinent to state that out of over 200 memoranda and oral presentations received and made respectively, during the Senate Public Hearing, only four stood against the Establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps. They are the DSS, the Nigeria Police Force, Ministry of Interior and NSCDC. All other agencies, parastatals and stakeholders stood in support of the establishment. (Find contents in the Senate Committee on Interior Public Hearing Report). It is thus highly dissatisfying and degrading for such unconfirmed erroneous report to reflect in premium times – an online platform.

    Finally, it is not coming as a surprise that unguided media outlets would be one targeted as routed tools to scuttle the good works of the Senate and increasing truism behind the unjust treatment meted on the Peace Corps of Nigeria. The Corps shall continue hinging on the judicial processes as exemplified by the Judiciary in the ongoing law suit between the PCN and some security agencies. It is our prayer that soon, these mother agencies will realize our transparency and start seeing us as a tool in their hands to effectively drive the wheels of youth development, peace and good governance in Nigeria. PCN remains committed to supporting the good efforts of the Nigerian Security Agencies; we live to give of ourselves to Nation Building and no manner of false information or intimidation will succeed in truncating the good dream of the Nigeria youth.

  • George Iyen

    Did you also think Peace Corps bribe the United Nation before he was granted special consultative status or did you also think Peace corp also bribe the African Union before he was also granted recognition, do you think Peace Corps also bribe all those present at the Public hearing in support of the Corps? Both the Religious leaders, Government Agency and others? Do you think Peace Corps also bribe the Nigerian Army that makes them to invit Peace corps at their Arms Force Remembrance Day? Please I will like to know your answer to all these questions. Knowledge they say its superior to ignorance. Let us be grateful to the National Assembly for also Passing the Bill

  • Akinola

    Premium time organisation are all Paragon of ignorance

  • Maxwell Enifoghale Samson

    You are simply a disgrace to true journalism. Fake media. U jux succeeeed in losing one of ur favourite fans. Highly disappointed. I counted on u for true journalism. Thank God, i followed d bill process frm start. All d preceedings..senators and houe of rep should be commended for ds great job they r doing in d country now. And u have d gat to come say ds? U r a shame to urself. It is simply what u do that u expect of others. Its so obvious u r on bribe to write ds. Shame! We good nigerians r following and truat me, this bill is a good one frm d apc led govt. A promise they jux fulfilled. Let em be. Ur lies wont take u anywhere and u posted da kinda news and at d same tym, poated early ready made comments againat d hard brilliant job d 8th nass is doing. Definitely, what u r aaying is, for every bill been passed, there is bribe involve. U need to be used
    as a scape goat.

  • Des

    All this falacy and mere speculations….false allegations by a displaced five star general known as d self aclaimed styled NUPEC Commandant Mr. Nejji Chinedu who’s bill was dropped…he is trying to rub the name of the Senate and Peace Corp on the mud because he bill was not inclusive….want to use this medium to inform Premium times that there was never a time that Peace Corp bribed the Senate for the Passage of the Bill and all this article of Bibery are false alarm and plot by the 5star general of National Unity and Peace Corp Nejji Chinedu to riddicle the senate and Peace Corps of Nigeria now known as Nigeria Peace Corp

  • callerday

    I can’t actually blame you (premium time) because you are not in the game of success…

    PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA: Another Challenge.

    I’m the Founder/ National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), whose Bill was passed by the two Chambers of the National Assembly as Nigerian Peace Corps. The core mandate of NPC is to Develop, Empower and provide gainful Employment for the Youth, facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Service, Neighborhood Watch, Nation Building and other related matters. My attention was drawn to the article on Premium Times that cast the PCN in a contemptuous light, but on a second thought, they may be referring to a rival organization, National Unity And Peace Corps led by one Mr. Chinedu Nneji , whose Bill was nipped in the bud by the National Assembly.

    The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), as the largest youth organization in Africa, has a well-structured network of branches in all the States Capital in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with current membership strength of over 157, 000 comprising of both regular members and volunteers. PCN and its activities, established since 1998 in the ancient City of Kaduna, was accorded Federal Government recognition, under the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, since 2004 and is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. The Corps was in 2012 accorded a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations and assigned desk offices at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA and regional offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria. The African Union, in the same vein, accorded PCN a special Conservative Status in 2016 on the occasion of its 18th Anniversary. Also, the Federal Ministry of Education granted PCN approval to establish its activities in all the Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) in the Federation since 2011. It is also affiliated to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide emergency relief and humanitarian services.

    The Corps and its leadership has received over 70 Awards, Locally and Internationally. Does it mean this Organization bribed its way to have recorded all these achievements and recognition, including bribing its way to the hearts of African Union and United Nation’s? . From the foregoing, I wish to posit that it is most unfortunate that it has become a trade in stock for some individuals or groups, nowadays, to pre-occupy themselves with character assassination and distortion of obvious facts and figures against this noble objective. We recall too that the two Chambers of the National Assembly, as part of the legislative processes, organized Public Hearings in their respective Chambers in respect of NPC Bill. Over 570 Memoranda were received and 300 oral submissions made during the Public Hearings. In all of these, it was only 4 submissions and presentations that were against the passage of the Bill. Public Hearing is one of the most important part of Bill making processes. Does it means Peace Corps bribed its way into the hearts of all individuals and institutions, including Federal Government Ministries/ Agencies, Traditional and Religious Institutions that all advocated for the passage of the Bill?

    Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida once said, “If our Lord Jesus Christ was misrepresented, Prophet Mohammed too misrepresented in Their days of ministrations, then to be misrepresented is to be great.” Certainly, NPC is on the part to greatness. The question now begging for answers from every rational mind is that can any youth based Organization has the financial capacity or wherewithal to bribe a single Senator or House of Representatives member, how much more of the entire National Assembly members and its leadership; some of whom where former Governors, Ministers, Business moguls, Retired Generals, e.t.c. After the Passage of the Bill, we do expect deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny by those who want to truncate it being assented to by the Mr President. But certainly we never, in our imagination, expect it to come from Premium Time that we hold in high esteem. Who must have bribed Premium Time to play the role of the devil’s
    advocate? Nevertheless, when a witch cries in the night and a child dies in the morning, certainly the source is well known. What God, in His infinite mercies, has endorsed, no mortal being or beings in their conspiracy can derail. This too, is another challenge we shall triumph with truth and with God.

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not determined by where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but by where he stands at times of challenges and controversy” – Martin Luther King Jr

    • Tonnero

      My friend, go and sit down. You are just another group that is seeking to hijack the commonwealth for yourselves. The hollowness of the objectives of your peace corps confirms that you must have bribed the senators. Nothing you say here is not currently being done by other agencies. Even if you already have one million people, it does not mean it should be funded by the FGN and our taxes. Afterall Amnesty International is a large organization that is spread around the world. Nothing wrong with you being passionate about something. That does not mean it should be funded by the FGN. Create your NGO and fund it from sponsors. Since you are so popular globally and the UN already recoognises you, it should not be too difficult to get sponsorship. If PMB and Osinbajo are sensible, they will veto this. I hope they do.

      • Manasseh

        You have failed already Mr campaign of Calumny

    • Manasseh

      God bless you, there can be no triumph without a trial, no crown without crises

  • Mide

    The day u stop tarnishing ur fellow humans name is when u will have a good name too. All I see in this is hatred because the Senate av done d needed by approving the Nigeria Peace Corps because they knew its gonna make our country great again. No one paid them to adopt all d bills dey approved before and after Nigeria Peace Corps bill, they only discharged their constitutional right. So I plead with MR PRESIDENT to neglect all dis fake news and give accent to the bill as thousands of Nigerian youth are involved and we’re ready to serve our fatherland. *stop fake news about NPC*

  • Tonnero

    All you these Peace Corps trolls, understand that you are looking to take money that belongs to all Nigerians to fund yourselves and you made absolutely ZERO public engagement to convince Nigerians who are expected to foot your bills that they should. You can send another 1000 people to publish favorable post bt it will not change the fact that this is not the right approach to passing major legislation.

  • Taylor

    Millions of Nigerians who we’re earning N200 to N300,000 lost their jobs a year into APC government because of bad policies. Today, we’re hearing Nigerian Peace Corp coming to employ graduates and pay them N30,000 and Nigerians are happy about this trash. I am not against the organization but the salary. What will it buy anybody from the market? Shame to this government. Hurrying to make noise because 2019 is around the corner. Good economic policies will attract companies to come in and invest while resuscitating the ones you have sent to their untimely graves.

    • Manasseh

      If only some Nigerians would have that N30,000 to live with, crime will be reduced

  • Blify I. Simon

    Nigerians lets be mature enough to distinguish between fallacy and truth. The only bribe that has been seeing PCN through all its struggles is TRUTH. Truth is like pregnancy that cannot be suppress. NO MATTER how hard you try to cover the Truth, it MUST surely FIGHT it way out!

    HOW MUCH has PCN to bribe the whole National Assemble? We all have an inclination of what a senator take home every month, how much will you pay him to change his mind that he has not seen? And are you paying one person? NO, you are paying hundreds. From which pocket? PCN is an NGO, which receive fund from members contribution and what contribution can an UNEMPLOYED youth contribute enough to pay a single not to talk of whole senators?

    Please NIGERIANS lets discern between falsehood and reality. SR has only dented their image by allowing themselves to be used for a selfish gain.

    THE SAME TRUTH THAT HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR PCN WILL LEAD IT TO THE PROMISE LAND OF PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT!

    • Manasseh

      Correct

  • Dwon

    When a stubborn Failure failed, he will he takes him/her some days to realized that he’s a complete failure, why are you trying to spoiled the work of God, the peace corps bill has been passed let enemies of progress keep shut and keep off, its Gods at work try to sanitized your thinking Brain and stop saying rubbish against the PCN.

  • Emmanuel

    U’re only being myopic bcos if u’ll do well 2 make research on d ratio or capacity of security personnels in even countries dat are not as economically bouyant like nigeria not 2 talk of advanced countries, if u do, u’ll realize dat there are sufficient and effective security outfits over there than we have here in nigeria, dat is why ur children and bread winners in ur families are being kidnapped on the street like a turtle dove, imagine d level at which an average nigerian is reasoning calling their law makers theives people who spend almost all their days in the parliament just to make sure the rightful policies are made, if u know the worth of each law makers i’m very sure u’ll be able to decipher dat no amount of money a poor youth organization like peace corps of nigeria can contribute 2 buy d favour 4rm our law makers, in my state(osun) no government or agency is paying peace corps yet u’ll see them contributing overwhelmingly to d security of state owned secondary schools for years, now the time has come 4 them 2 be rewarded by making their bill an act of d paliament, media platform like premium times allowed itself 2 be hired by some ill fated personalities to tarnish peace corps image, well…, i know obstacles are what has made peace corps attained this height of success it is today, with dis blackmail i believe peace corps of nigeria is about to land in anoda aura of celebration in no distant time, NPC is making history, u sit down in ur palour, law makers and d presidency are brain storming about moving nigeria forward u’re busy criticizing blindly, u’ll soon understand with time, chronic indigenous illitrate and local champions when will u start welcoming positive CHANGE and stop being too shallow in ur finking…?

  • Manasseh

    This news is childish

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  • Harlan

    Hello Premium Time, I believe that you have been bribed to post such rubbish out here, beside who approved your media paper here in the country, am very sure for this you have just done, your certificate of media will be retrieve soon.
    Why is it that you people don’t want progress for Nigeria, because anybody that does not look for the progress of Nigerian youth are not looking for the progress of our country Nigeria, and I bet it with you that, your children and grand children will suffer it in this country, anybody that stand in the way and progress of the Peace corps of Nigeria will never know peace for the rest of his/her life, your children and grandchildren children will never know peace in Nigeria.
    Mind you am not a member of the organization, am a Banker with the blood of the true Nigerian, and I look forward to the progress of my lovely country, go to other country, you will find peace corps too, so premium time stop ✋ rubbish return the bribe you may have taken to post that trash u did because you and your click has already loos and you will continue to loos, the eye of the true Nigerian are on you, you will soon get drawn.

  • paul irumundomon

    That is what we elected them to do everyday. There is no one senator, in Nigeria who is not guilty of bribery, is our middle name unfortunately.

  • Oladeji Y

    If it is for employment, establish government farms and send them there. Call them young growers and give them mandate to cultivate particular number of hectares of food crops or yields across all geopolitical zones. Those that cannot meet the mandate at a particular year should be sacked immediately and new people recruited. Some can be used for afforestation in the north and erosion control and planting timbers for logging in the south.

  • Adebayo

    Ola Tunde:
    One interesting and pleasing fact about the Media is that it drives for very sellable stories; make effort to vet them and often than not, disassociates from false information when it becomes evident such story is coated with fallacy. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said with some media houses in Nigeria.

    The Premium times has put up a very captivating story pointing at acts of bribery usually attributed to unscrupulous persons or organisations. This time, the outfit didn’t just point at any person but against the Nigeria Senate.

    Our point of dissatisfaction is the connectivity linking the Peace Corps of Nigeria and rubbing this picture of shame and National Disgrace on the walls of their online platform for the world to see.

    Before digging into facts of the matter, a few reservations yet loom for clarity – a BIG question; WHY? Why is it that before now, no media house has seen the window of information pointing at PCN giving bribe to the Senate? Why wasn’t a bribe discovered when the Senate through the distinguished Senator Bayero Nafada and other Senators, call the Peace Corps of Nigeria(PCN) and the National Unity and Peace Corps(NUPEC) to resolve differences? How come the very multitude of reputable media houses that have damned consequences against telling the truth, did not see the acts of bribery during the Senate Judiciary Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters inquiry into the operations of PCN and NUPEC. Interestingly worthy of note is the fact that the Nigeria Securities and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) were fully represented in that Committee enquiry and they threw their weight of support on the Establishment of Nigeria Peace Corps. Again I posit, during and after the deliberation, no media house reported a suspected story of bribery nor an anomaly in the query approach of the committee. Why didn’t this same media see bribe before the first reading; second reading, public hearing and subsequent third readings?

    Furthermore, deliberations on decision making took place long before the Senate came out with the report of recognizing only PCN as the sole presenter of Bill that has been passed and adopted. It thus sparks fire of discrepancy somewhere by someone trying to truncate the height of achievements reached by Amb. (Dr) Dickson Akoh and the PCN.

    That a man is remanded in jail repeatedly or held in custody twice or three times in a year, doesn’t translate to him being a guilty party to a crime. The late Nelson Mandela was viewed by his captors as a radical and was held for 27 years yet the whole world fought for his emancipation. Rubbing dirt of remand on the face of fundamental human right of Amb. Akoh is to say the least, looking for a pin cap in packs of powdered pins.

    You speak of a distinguished Senate carrying out their duty, to ensure they took their time to confirm true identities, irrespective of how it affected PCN. A Senate that disregarded all our loud claims but in their good conscience, fairness, time and display of equity, followed up with a fusion of Bills of NUPEC and PCN while investigating further. You accuse a Senate that stood with the law; distanced themselves and didn’t come to the rescue of the man alleged to have given them bribe when he was wrongfully arrested and detained with 49 members of his staff? It yet baffles to think of this bribe because it must be very insignificant if it can’t make the Senate go against the law.

    It is also very pertinent to state that out of over 200 memoranda and oral presentations received and made respectively, during the Senate Public Hearing, only four stood against the Establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps. They are the DSS, the Nigeria Police Force, Ministry of Interior and NSCDC. All other agencies, parastatals and stakeholders stood in support of the establishment. (Find contents in the Senate Committee on Interior Public Hearing Report). It is thus highly dissatisfying and degrading for such unconfirmed erroneous report to reflect in premium times – an online platform.

    Finally, it is not coming as a surprise that unguided media

    outlets would be one targeted as routed tools to scuttle the good works of the Senate and increasing truism behind the unjust treatment meted on the Peace Corps of Nigeria. The Corps shall continue hinging on the judicial processes as exemplified by the Judiciary in the ongoing law suit between the PCN and some security agencies. It is our prayer that soon, these mother agencies will realize our transparency and start seeing us as a tool in their hands to effectively drive the wheels of youth development, peace and good governance in Nigeria. PCN remains committed to supporting the good efforts of the Nigerian Security Agencies; we live to give of ourselves to Nation Building and no manner of false information or intimidation will succeed in truncating the good dream of the Nigeria youth.