This article is about the Nigeria Peace Corps latest news and developments. If you are a peace corps member or an aspiring PCN member who wants to be abreast with the latest developments around the scheme, then i strongly recommend this article for you.
It should be noted that the Nigerian senate and the House in 2016 passed the Nigeria Peace Corps Establishment bill, which was meant to provide a constitutional backing to the PCN. But regrettably so, president Mohammadu Buhari refused to assent to the bill, From that point onwards, it came to appear as though all hope was gone. Consequently, a lot of development took place as a result of the Presidents inability to assent to the peace corps establishment bill. However the latest development surrounding the scheme have come to show that all hope is not lost. Hence, i bring to you the good news. WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS ALL ABOUT, AND HOW DOES IT BENEFIT YOU? You may want to read on to find out presently.
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According to peacecorpsofnigeria.org, Peace Corps of Nigeria came into existence as a result of the keen passion of its Founder, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh, FCITr, FCPA, FNSIS, to connect with the average Nigerian youth: to understand their unique personalities, to share their dreams and aspirations, their fears and hopes, and their failures and successes; with a view to developing, harnessing and redirecting their productive energies towards the socio-economic and political advancement of the Nation.
Part of the core objectives of this scheme includes, but not limited to the following: To fast track a rapid socio economic development of Nigeria by engaging members and other volunteers who will be working with NGOs, non profit organizations, as well as schools for the purpose of productively engaging the Nigerian youths.
The Peace Corps of Nigeria also seeks to provide employment opportunities for the Nigerian youths. At the moment, the Peace corps of Nigeria boast of over 160,000 regular corps and more than 2Million volunteer corps scattered across Nigeria.
The Latest News On Nigerian Peace Corps Bill Today
As earlier said, In 2017, President Buhari refused to assent to the bill of the Nigerian peace corps. His two major reasons for rejecting the PCN establishment bill were that Nigeria doesn’t have enough money for the maintenance of the corps, coupled with the duplication of functions by the other service men. Hence, since that period till now, the Nigeria peace corps has been operating without any constitutional or legal backing.
However, on 24th July 2019, the House of Reps reintroduced the amended peace corps bill again for passage. The motion for the introduction of the bill was moved by the chief whip of the House, in the person of Honourable Mohammed Tahir. Haven been reintroduced, the PCN bill has already passed its first reading on 3rd of July 2019, with the second reading expected to come up anytime soon.
It should be stated categorically here that all the reasons that Buhari advanced for rejecting the peace corps establishment bill has all been addressed in the new bill. A provision has been made for additional funding of the corps. Also, the new bill made it clear that non of the functions of the PCN will overlap with the functions of other security agencies in Nigeria. If you ask me, i will tell you that this is a welcome development for the scheme and its members, as it has offered a new hope for the future.
It must be stated here that the essence of this PCN bill is to give a legal backing to the operations of the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
Other Developments Within The Nigeria Peace Corps Scheme
As earlier stated, there has been a lot of development within the peace corps scheme over the years. On Novermber 8, 2018, it was alleged that the head of the peace corps service Dr. A, Akor illegally collected the sum of 18 million naira from the 54million naira fund that was paid by the volunteer corps, which was done in connivance with the other state commandants.
According to the lead that was obtained by the Sahara Reporters, the group that petitioned the peace corps boss ” Good Governance Agender” is seeking investigation into what they tagged “Job scam”. It is alleged that the the 54 million naira scam was shared between the Head of Nigeria peace corps and other state commandants of the scheme, of which, the 18million naira was only the share of Dr. A, Akor, the head of PCN.
Gombe Peace Corps Commandant Arrested By EFCC
Gombe state peace corps commandant, in the person of Ambore Enoch has been arrested by EFCC, following his alleged involvement in the 54million naira job scam.
The commandant was accused by EFCC of estorting money from Nigerians based on the wrong and deceitful pretence of providing them with employment. The commandant claims that the money that the applicants paid was to be used in providing them with training kits and materials.
However, the call for the arrest of the state commandant was as a result of the petitions filed against him by many aggrieved Nigerians seeking justice in what they consider job scam. Hence, the state commandant is being questioned by EFCC.
Note that this article is updated regularly in other to keep you abreast with the latest developments around the Nigerian peace corps. So do well to always check back for more updates. If you have other questions you may wish to ask, kindly use the comment section below, and we will do our best to respond as soon as we can. Thanks for reading through.