Finally, Peace Corps Bill arrives Presidency for assent

A cross section of Peace Corps members during their 18th Anniversary

The much-anticipated Nigerian Peace Corps Bill has arrived the Presidency for a possible assent, Ita Enang, President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on Senate, has confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES.

“The peace corp bill has just been forwarded to the president and it is undergoing the standard procedure,” Mr. Enang said Tuesday in a telephone interview.

He said copies of the bill, tagged ‘Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017, were transmitted to President Buhari late last week by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani Omolori.

Mr. Enang said if the bill is signed, the president will retain one copy and return the remaining two copies to the National Assembly for further action.

The Senate passed the bill on November 25, 2016, shortly after the House of Representatives passed the same bill.

A conference committee of both chambers was inaugurated on December 8, 2016, to harmonise the bill.

The House of Representatives laid and adopted its conference report on January 19, 2017, while the Senate adopted its report on July 25, 2017.

Mr. Enang did not explain why it took long for the bill to sent to the presidency.

When signed into law, the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017, will give legal backing to the establishment of Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The bill will also allow all serving members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, both regular and volunteers, to be absolved into the Nigerian Peace Corps, at commencement.

The Nigerian police had stormed the Peace Corps headquarters on February 17, 2017 and arrested the head of the organisation, Dickson Akoh, and about 49 other members.

The police accused Mr. Akoh of using the Peace Corps, registered as a non-governmental organisation, to swindle young job seekers and operate as a para-military agency.

Mr. Akoh, who denied the allegations, has since been granted bail.

The Federal High Court in Abuja subsequently ordered the Nigeria Police to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps and pay N12.5 million as damages.

The police has not complied with the order.


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  • M

    Why do we need Peace Corps when we have a military and a police force? Civil Defence and Road Safety is also unnecessary as they are actually units within the latter two (Reserve within Military and a department within the Police.) All this does is grant another armed group the authority to carry guns within the country and increases the likelihood of abuse by whosoever ever pays them more.

    • Eze

      Mr man can you compare what pepper does in a pot of soup to that of salt.

    • AJ Olamide

      What benefits are they when a common cannot be successful recruit into any of the organization without being a senator or commissional person.

    • Jonny Omenogor

      Go and read the functions of the corps

    • Bassel

      WE NEED PEACE CORPS I JUST CHECK THEIR DUTIES NOW IT QUITE DIFFERENT TO OTHER SECURITY PERSONEL SO NOTHING LIKE DUPLICATING THEY ARE COMING WITH NEW STRATEGY ON HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN BE SECURE . SO LET JOIN AND TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR PMB TO SIGN PEACE CORPS INTO LAW NOW

    • Bassel

      Peace corps is a young youths organization that does exclusively well in keeping peace. We all need peace. Everything or settlement is not all about call for armed. The don’t carry guns at all. I visited their website, you too can visit their website. I asked questions before, but later I took time to time to visit and read about their job description.

  • chimaegbukole

    Complete waste and duplications

    • Bassel

      WE NEED PEACE CORPS I JUST CHECK THEIR DUTIES NOW IT QUITE DIFFERENT TO OTHER SECURITY PERSONEL SO NOTHING LIKE DUPLICATING THEY ARE COMING WITH NEW STRATEGY ON HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN BE SECURE . SO LET JOIN AND TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR PMB TO SIGN PEACE CORPS INTO LAW NOW

  • Eyo

    Nigeria senate is a joke and will forever be treated as jokers. Nigeria police, army is more than enough for Nigeria. after they have collected hundreds of millions in bribe to create an unconstitutional organisation which corrupt politicians,, state government will use to achieve their corrupt agenda.

    in a normal country, the guys who created fraudulent Peace Corps should be jailed, for illegally front an unregistered organisation and collecting money from hard working innocent citizens. bunch of moron senators

    • Jonny Omenogor

      The corps has several awards from international body, plus a recogition from United nation. If it where to be thoughts that are bias, they won,t be here.

      • Micky O

        MP please visit the Nigerian Peace Corps Website to read their mandate.

    • Mikey

      I wonder why over 60 countries including developed countries like the U.S with their top notch police and army still need Peace corp?

  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    Folks please pardon my ignorance, I can’t be knowledgeable in everything, but can someone please tell me what the work of these clowns will be? Thanks

    • Mufu Ola

      Exactly what’s on mind. Who are they & what function?

      • Bassel

        The Aims and Objectives of Peace Corps are as follows:

        (a) Promote Social and Economic Development by involving Members and Volunteers in the scheme through working with Government, Schools, Non-Profit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, etc. in order to preoccupy the youths;

        (b) To empower and pre-occupy Nigerian Youths through job creation and provision of alternative employment;

        (c) Training Nigerian Youths with good virtuous, strong passion and commitment to the art of Patriotism, Volunteering Community Services and Nation Building;

        (d) To train and equip the Youths with knowledge for Peace Education, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Reconciliation and Confidence Building;

        (e) To give distinct orientation to the Youths and engage them in the provision of essential services such as:

        (i) Involving members of the Peace Corps in Community Services such as Immunization, Census and Sanitation Exercises, especially in urban cities, States and Local Government Capitals;

        (ii) Provision of Refuse Bins, Waste Baskets, and Handy Waste Bags in public buildings, buses and schools in order to obliterate littered materials;

        (iii) Assisting in planting of Economic trees and all forms of environmental conservation.

        (iv) Involve members and Volunteers of the Peace Corps in crowd control during public events and in neighborhood watch in order to curb insecurity within the community.

        (f) Create a Data Bank and reservoir of trained, qualified professionals and non-professional youths for easy accessibility of manpower from the pool of well-groomed youths whenever the Nation needs their services for either permanent employment or ad-hoc manpower for such national or international programmes as Emergency Relief Services, Voters’ Registration, Election Exercise , etc.

        (g) Provide security for all Educational Institutions and checking all forms of examination malpractices and other vices prevalent in Schools and Colleges in order to create a conducive atmosphere for learning. To achieve these, the Peace Corps shall:

        (i) Establish Peace Corps Club in Schools and Colleges and involving members of the club in the promotion of internal understanding, Peace Education, Conflict Management and Transformation;

        (ii) Maintain surveillance on students organizing secrete societies; identify their members, associates, modus operandi and to make such discoveries known to the appropriate authorities;

        (iii) Assist the school authority in the maintenance and enforcement of School Rules and Regulations;

        (iv) Detect any plot to vandalize valuable properties of the school or college or any form of dissident act of rioting by students or intruders in order to promote internal peace and security;

        (v) Organize Holiday Camps for students where they would be involved in less academic work, but more of games, creative work, martial art, citizenship and leadership training, as well as other extra-curricular programmes and;

        (vi) Organize special conferences, seminars and workshops in order to equip the Nigerian youths in Leadership Building Mechanism, so as to prepare them both mentally, morally and physically for their future leadership roles.

        (h) Assist in youth developmental activities, Empowerment and Capacity Building for youth Creativity and Innovations, such as:

        (i) Identify tools, techniques and the process of critical thinking, creativity, innovation and discovery to facilitate problem solving;

        (ii) Initiate and involving the youths in Humanitarian Services in Nigeria and around the world in order to aid transfer of knowledge and Technology;

        (iii) Helping the People of interested countries in meeting their needs for training young Men and Women and to promote a better understanding of Nigerians on the parts of the peoples served;

        (iv) Serve as Orderlies to members of the Executives, Parliament, Judiciary and Traditional Rulers that are not covered by existing Security Agencies;

        (v) Engage Members as Tourists Assistants and Guide to Nigerian and foreigners on visit to the Country, Tourists Sites and other National and State Monuments and Heritage;

        (vi) Creation and Management of Public Toilets on highways, including enlightenment against defecation in public places, Recreational Centers, Tourist Sites, etc.; and

        (vii) To check all Forms of Examination Malpractices as may be perpetrated by students, invigilators, teachers, lecturers, and other educational staff.

    • Jonny Omenogor

      Mr. 70% of Nigerians, especially young people always want to run any thing down before they read in between lines. Pls go back and read the functions of the corps. People are just busy talking about security security, they didn’t see nation building, other areas that will make the youth or young people get involve. People should learn, we must not all become a politician to move the country forward. Let us appreciate this, it’s all about learning, teaching, being a patriotic, and getting involve in nation building and economic development. Remain bless all.

      • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

        Don’t be obtuse, I asked a simple question because I do not know what they actually stand for or do, now you either answer me if you know or you get off my mention

    • Bassel

      Please don’t use the word folks, it’s very wrong. Below is what you are asking.

      The Aims and Objectives of Peace Corps are as follows:

      (a) Promote Social and Economic Development by involving Members and Volunteers in the scheme through working with Government, Schools, Non-Profit Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, etc. in order to preoccupy the youths;

      (b) To empower and pre-occupy Nigerian Youths through job creation and provision of alternative employment;

      (c) Training Nigerian Youths with good virtuous, strong passion and commitment to the art of Patriotism, Volunteering Community Services and Nation Building;

      (d) To train and equip the Youths with knowledge for Peace Education, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Reconciliation and Confidence Building;

      (e) To give distinct orientation to the Youths and engage them in the provision of essential services such as:

      (i) Involving members of the Peace Corps in Community Services such as Immunization, Census and Sanitation Exercises, especially in urban cities, States and Local Government Capitals;

      (ii) Provision of Refuse Bins, Waste Baskets, and Handy Waste Bags in public buildings, buses and schools in order to obliterate littered materials;

      (iii) Assisting in planting of Economic trees and all forms of environmental conservation.

      (iv) Involve members and Volunteers of the Peace Corps in crowd control during public events and in neighborhood watch in order to curb insecurity within the community.

      (f) Create a Data Bank and reservoir of trained, qualified professionals and non-professional youths for easy accessibility of manpower from the pool of well-groomed youths whenever the Nation needs their services for either permanent employment or ad-hoc manpower for such national or international programmes as Emergency Relief Services, Voters’ Registration, Election Exercise , etc.

      (g) Provide security for all Educational Institutions and checking all forms of examination malpractices and other vices prevalent in Schools and Colleges in order to create a conducive atmosphere for learning. To achieve these, the Peace Corps shall:

      (i) Establish Peace Corps Club in Schools and Colleges and involving members of the club in the promotion of internal understanding, Peace Education, Conflict Management and Transformation;

      (ii) Maintain surveillance on students organizing secrete societies; identify their members, associates, modus operandi and to make such discoveries known to the appropriate authorities;

      (iii) Assist the school authority in the maintenance and enforcement of School Rules and Regulations;

      (iv) Detect any plot to vandalize valuable properties of the school or college or any form of dissident act of rioting by students or intruders in order to promote internal peace and security;

      (v) Organize Holiday Camps for students where they would be involved in less academic work, but more of games, creative work, martial art, citizenship and leadership training, as well as other extra-curricular programmes and;

      (vi) Organize special conferences, seminars and workshops in order to equip the Nigerian youths in Leadership Building Mechanism, so as to prepare them both mentally, morally and physically for their future leadership roles.

      (h) Assist in youth developmental activities, Empowerment and Capacity Building for youth Creativity and Innovations, such as:

      (i) Identify tools, techniques and the process of critical thinking, creativity, innovation and discovery to facilitate problem solving;

      (ii) Initiate and involving the youths in Humanitarian Services in Nigeria and around the world in order to aid transfer of knowledge and Technology;

      (iii) Helping the People of interested countries in meeting their needs for training young Men and Women and to promote a better understanding of Nigerians on the parts of the peoples served;

      (iv) Serve as Orderlies to members of the Executives, Parliament, Judiciary and Traditional Rulers that are not covered by existing Security Agencies;

      (v) Engage Members as Tourists Assistants and Guide to Nigerian and foreigners on visit to the Country, Tourists Sites and other National and State Monuments and Heritage;

      (vi) Creation and Management of Public Toilets on highways, including enlightenment against defecation in public places, Recreational Centers, Tourist Sites, etc.; and

      (vii) To check all Forms of Examination Malpractices as may be perpetrated by students, invigilators, teachers, lecturers, and other educational staff.

      • Kabiru Yusif

        We pray for almighty GOD that brought this organization into our country, in order to bring sanity in one way or d others, may GOD guide, protect, uphold and direct the pcn true ameen lastily May almighty help our president in his administration gave him long life protect him from his enemies and gave him courage to sign on peace coup bill ameen

        • Kabiru Yusif

          The most greated achievement in president mohd BUHARI administration here is creating (peace coup of Nigeria) be cause is among of the 3 promised that made on his campaign time ie insecurity, un employment, fighting against bribery and croption may god help baba BUHARI in his administration amin

  • Bongoman

    How can a private individual set up a security outfit. Then go and pay, bribe members of the National Assembly of criminals in Abuja for legislative backing to transform a private enterprise into a government security organisation. It shows that at governmental level, any person who is ready to spend money can buy almost everything in Nigeria. The Nigerian Police, Customs, Civil Servants, Judiciary, Legislooters and Political office holders are all available to do the bidding of whoever is ready to pay them.

    • Johnjames Yakubu

      Mr how could you think that he offered both the lower and upper house for the passing of the bill? Come to think of it, if I may ask, did you actually know the take back home of each of those senators?How much did you think they ,the lawmakers may receive as bribe? And how much naira’s or dollar’s Dr Akoh hide in his bank account s that he shared for them?Pls , be objective, I rest my case

    • Jonny Omenogor

      I don’t support your thoughts, go back and read the functions of the corps. Completely different from what we have already. The need for the corps is glaring. Any body who is against the corps is an enemy of the youth

      • Amaka

        Exactly. Not only enemy of the youth but equally enemy of the country and good things

    • MICKY O

      Bongoman this comment coming from you shows your level of reasoning. How can an Organization like NPC that has UN backing and almost all the 1st world has it including USA and Germany be a tool in the hand of one man.

  • Timothy

    A lot of people support the establishment of the Peace Corp. At first I didnt see any need for another security outfit, one would expect that the existing ones be strengthened. But a friend advised that its best we have one that is built from scratch because all others have been compromised and people have lost faith in them. This includes the Police, Army and so on. There used to be integrity in the army. Soldiers are looked up with respect and they had leadership qualities, but since the inception of democracy, they are all after money, so they now bully people, kill if they have to for respect. there are some that are still good, but they are out-numbered by those who have corrupt the system.

    Just like the Civil Defense and Security Corps, they would be assisting the Nigerian Police to forestall peace in the country. The Nigerian Police claims it does not have enough man-power to police the entire country, yet we know the corruption that goes into its recruitment, plus the dead ones who are still receiving salaries. We may ask for an overhaul of the Police Force, but that too will take forever because forces within the system want it to remain like that.

    So Yes I believe its a welcome development that we see a law enforcement unit that is not biased and has with integrity and encouraged to do what others will not do. If the Police Force is lacking in man-power then they should withdraw all their personnel working with rich men and politicians. They should ensure there small staff strength is equipped to face the challenges. Let the Peace Corp members be the body guard of the rich men and politicians. Those in the NASS may be selfish atimes, but this one is a good move.

  • AJ Olamide

    You might think there is no need. You and I both know that security is most essential in every sector of the economy. If there are enough securities in every neighbourhood, secrecy will be a thing of the past.

  • Michael O.A.

    I know those that are agitating that the PCN establishment Bill to be dusted by the Presidency are paid to do so and they remain the enemies of the Nigerian Youths. Let give our young people this opportunity so as to get our resourceful graduate off the Street. #NigerianYouthsLovesPCNBill & #IStandWithTheSigningOfPCNBillIntoLaw.
    God bless the FRN.

  • Daniel

    Why is the president slow in signing this bill,there is totally no need to be delayed Nigerian is expecting accelerated assent to this NPC bill.

  • Dimas

    Why not if not. Mr. President should do that a matter of how fast should be. In order to increase security and unemployment in the country . We the Nigerian youths are for peace Corps of Nigeria

  • Kolapo

    Nigeria needs more security personnel so therefore peace corps should be sign into to boost security and provide gainfully employment to the youth . God will bless Mr president for doing so

  • Babajide Origin

    Kindly search for their website add on google and visit the site, no amount of info on their duties given here that can be full, read in full from the site…is all we need in Nigeria at moment, our security system is totally corrupt and need youth who have gobe thru new orientation for national building, cos we are the future of Nigeria, we need community policing, they ate peace keeper in d society, they have been working in schools and other community services we have all seen.

  • MICKY O

    #SIGNNPCBILLNOW
    FOR THOSE SAYING WE HAVE TOO MANY SECURITY OUTFITS IN THE COUNTRY HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HOW MUCH IS THE YEARLY SECURITY VOTES? NIGERIA HAS THE CAPACITY TO TAKE CARE OF NPC SO THE PRESIDENT SHOULD DO THE NEEDFUL AND ASSENT TO THE BILL FOR THE LOVE OF THE YOUTH AND HIS RETURN TICKET IN 2019.

  • Gideon

    WE NEED PEACE CORPS I JUST CHECK THEIR DUTIES NOW IT QUITE DIFFERENT TO OTHER SECURITY PERSONEL SO NOTHING LIKE DUPLICATING THEY ARE COMING WITH NEW STRATEGY ON HOW OUR COUNTRY CAN BE SECURE . SO LET JOIN AND TOGETHER AND PRAY FOR PMB TO SIGN PEACE CORPS INTO LAW NOW

  • Jugo Godson

    Pcn, I believe is a wonderful development to elevate one of the campaign promises of pmb due to creation of job. Again, as an academia it’s foreseeable that pcn will alleviate the suffering of many Nigerians as pcn is seen as the last hope of the common man. Conclusively, the functions of pcn which is mainly schools n community service
    and resolution of conflict through peaceful talk is a welcome one in this awful period of political,religious,n ethnic moment. Hence,the importance of quick assent by pmb. God bless Nigeria. God bless the world

  • Emmanuel

    Peace corps of Nigeria has been contributing there own quota in terms of humanitarian services and community security even without financial support 4rm d government at any level, so if pmb assent to their bill it will help them do more and also take some of our youths off d street bcos of unemployment, reduction in unemployment ratio in d country is tantamount 2 reduction in criminal acts and other social vices,peacecorps are nation builders I fink they’ve done well 4 the country so let d government do d needful by passing peacecorps bill into law
    #I stand with peace corps of Nigeria
    #I stand with president muhammadu buhari

  • Apst kewell

    PMB SIGNING THE PEACE CORPS BILL will GIVE THE YOUTH SENSE OF BELONGING AND THE YOUTH GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT.
    #SignPeaceCorpsBill#

  • Kletty Ogoh

    #SignPeaceCorpsBill
    #AmbAkohNationalCommandant
    #NigerianYouthlovesPeaceCorps
    #NigerianYouthWantsPeaceCorpsBillSigned
    #NigerianYouthStandWithPMB