PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA AS A CHANGE AGENT By Niyi Daniels

The Peace Corps of Nigeria was established in year 1998 in Kaduna State by youth development Advocate and Strategist, Amb. Prof. Dickson A.O. Akoh.

The organisation which is committed to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development met all legal specifications and is incorporated in Nigeria under Companies and Allied Matters Act, Part C/20, LFN 2004, with IT Number CAC/IT/4589 of May, 2002 and accorded government’s recognition through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and its activities in Schools and Colleges are registered under the Federal Ministry of Education.

PCN is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and has been granted a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations and Africa Union, thus an affiliate of their respective Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOC).

Furthermore, PCN is equally an affiliate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The Peace Corps of Nigeria with the core mandate to Develop; Empower and provide Gainful Employment for the Youths; to facilitate Peace; Volunteerism, Community Services; Neighbourhood-Watch and Nation-building with the mission to connect young people with opportunities to transform their lives and create a better society for all. it also envisions a Nigeria where all young people are inspired and equipped to realize their desired future…

Since inception, PCN has helped develop and empower young people by providing gainful employment for the youth; facilitate Peace building and Conflict prevention/Management, encouraged Volunteerism, engaged in different forms of Community Services, including Neighbourhood-Watch, and promote Nation-building..

Currently, Nigeria is faced with lot of security challenges ranging from terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, farmers and herdsmen crisis with the call by some region to disintegrate. we need Peace in Nigeria and the right people who can bring this peace are the Peace Corps of Nigeria.

No society can develop without peace. Our approach to security issues in Nigeria calls for a review. To secure the nation, to secure our local communities, Schools and Colleges is not about having weapons; it is about having people with the right frame of minds and right attitude with a peaceful mind to making sure there is peaceful coexistence amongst Nigerians.

Therefore, the task of securing this nation must not be left in the hand of security agencies alone, everyone must come to contribute.

Nigeria’s security calls for all hands to be on deck, especially in the areas of intelligence gathering and neighbourhood-watch which is the core mandate of the Peace Corps.

The Nigerian Peace Corps establishment Bill is currently at the 9th National Assembly once fully passed is expected Presidential assent..

‘Niyi Daniels is a Deputy Commandant Peace Building & Conflict Resolution, Peace Corps of Nigeria FCT Command, Abuja.
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