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Who We Are

We bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and Drive Transformation.

Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) is an independent, non- governmental and non-profitable uniformed youth organisation founded on the 10th of July 1998 in Kaduna State, Nigeria principally by a youth development advocate and strategist, Dr Dickson A. O .Akoh, FCITr, FCPA, FNSIS, fnli, with the support of like-minded youths with vast experiences in different sectors to promote national creativity, peace and youth development. It is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) on 1stMay 2002 in accordance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 1990 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, LFN under Part “C” now Part “F” with a registration number, CAC/IT/14589. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning granted the Corps alicense to operate in Nigeria as a Non-Governmental Organization with Ref. No.: MBNP/NGO-IC/S.1503/VOL.1/64 dated 11th January, 2023. Peace Corps brings the right people together to challenge established thinking and drive transformation.

At PCN, we believe that well-oriented young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems, and for over 25 years, we have led and sustained coordinated action to harness the talents and potentials of Nigeria’s young people. At the heart of our efforts is capacity building programmes that propel the youths  to success as citizens and tailor their creative potentials towards volunteerism, peace work and community services.

The cardinal aim of PCN is to develop in the youths the attributes of patriotism, good citizenship, positive work ethics, sound leadership qualities, physical fitness and to stimulate their interest towards the onerous task of nation-building.

PCN is Nigeria's foremost voluntary youth organization and youth self-support initiative and volunteerism have been taken as the basis for all PCN intervention and SDGs activities to enable them to contribute positively towards the mainstreaming of social development process. It has had partnership with national and international organisations like the National Youth Council of Nigeria and its affiliate bodies, National Association of Nigerian Students, Universal Peace Federation, Youth Federation for World Peace, African Union and United Nations and its organs. In carrying out its mandate, the Corps aligns itself with international best practices on youth empowerment, humanitarian services and social works.

From its inception to date, PCN and its members have encountered diverse contemporary challenges, but each member of the Corps had been trained to approach such challenges with strict discipline, unwavering patriotism and undying passion.
The efforts of Peace Corps officers, particularly in Schools and Colleges, represent an enduring legacy of selfless service, and have become a significant part of social mobilisation of the Nigerian youths in the onerous task of nation-building.

We Bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and Drive Transformation.

We prioritize diverse voices and social inclusion to ensure that youth realize their full potential.
  • At PCN, we believe that the youth are not a homogenous group, and every single young person deserves opportunities to learn, grow and excel.
  • We prioritize diverse voices and social inclusion to ensure that they realize their full potentials, which in turn, makes the world a better and more equitable place.
  • To support all young people across the country to succeed in realizing the future the desire for themselves,
  • PCN is committed to advancing social inclusion by breaking down barriers limiting young persons’ chances to thrive and work to derive equal access and outcomes.

We Bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and Drive Transformation.

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  • Our programs are grounded with local contents by local partners around the globe,
  • and ably supported by PCN members and volunteers across the country.
  • This helps us to proffer solutions that address real needs, challenges and explore opportunities.

We Bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and Drive Transformation.

Our enduring legacy of selfless service, have become a significant part of social mobilisation of the Nigerian youths in the onerous task of nation-building.
  • In the last 22 years, PCN has demonstrated commitment to positive and impactful youth development in Nigeria, and has gained a track record of programmatic achievements,
  • During this period also, the world around us has changed significantly.
  • With an estimated over 1.2 billion young people now on the planet, a significant number of whom are not in school, work or any form of training, we see the need to scale up our intervention and impact quickly..

We Bring the right people together to challenge established thinking and Drive Transformation.

Our comprehensive and practical orientation programmes serve as social mechanisms to assist the youth to cope with the many challenges of the 21st century.
  • Globally, employers have identified two (2) critical gaps-relevant technical skills and life skills.
  • PCN initiatives improve skills alignment and equip young people with skills to effectively contribute meaningfully to the workplace, excel in self-employment or as entrepreneurs.
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From its inception to date, PCN and its members have encountered diverse contemporary challenges, but each member of the Corps had been trained to approach such challenges with strict discipline, unwavering patriotism and undying passion.

The logo of Peace Corps of Nigeria comprises of a Torch with a Red Flame, an Open Book, an Eagle, a Band and a Wreath; while its colours are Green, Yellow and Red.

The Torch symbolises National Unity and Integration; the Red Flame stands for the burning desire for academic excellence by Nigerian youths; the Open Book depicts Educational Institutions as the primary focus, the Eagle connotes Strength, the Band represents the Nigerian National Colours, while the Wreath depicts the nation’s fertile landmark and the Law of Modification, which places high premium on the youth.

In terms of the colours, the Green connotes Re-Orientation as basis for Character Rejuvenation of the citizenry, while the Yellow and Red represent National Integration and Strict Discipline, respectively.

Our Driving Phylosophy

At PCN, we believe that well-oriented young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. For over 22 years, we have led and sustained coordinated action to harness the talents and potentials of Nigeria’s young people. At the heart of our efforts is building partnerships, initiatives and programmes that prepare young adults to success as citizens, employees, entrepreneurs and change-drivers.

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PCN is available in all 36 states of the Federation. Click below to see a full listing of Addresses & Links.
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For more than 2 decades, PCN has worked with corporate partners, educational institutions and international organisations.
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Our Values

Inclusion//Consider all perspectives equally and honestly :: Integrity//Honour the best in ourselves and others

Our Values

Inspiration//Conscientize people to believe they can make it better :: Innovation//Make a difference differently :: Impact//Create change that matters.

We mobilize for change and capacity development

The activities of PCN are generally related to the promotion of peace and social order, youth development/empowerment, volunteerism and humanitarian services and environmental health.
What We Do

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BECOME A MEMBER

The membership of the PCN is open to all Nigerian youths, irrespective of their religion, tribe, sex or social status. Currently, PCN has a membership strength of over 187,000 youths, comprising of both regular members and volunteers.

Also, it has a well-structured network of branches in all the 36 States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.

The activities of PCN are generally related to the promotion of peace and social order, youth development/empowerment, volunteerism, humanitarian services, environmental health and preservation/maintenance of social order.

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Regular Members

Membership of the organization is exclusively preserved for Nigerian citizens, and is open to all youth, both male and female, irrespective of political and social status, ethnicity, State of origin or religious affiliation.

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Student Membership

In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of PCN, membership of the organization is open to all students of educational institutions, from the secondary to tertiary levels. Membership is on voluntary basis.

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Volunteer Member

PCN also has a provision for employed and retired professionals in various fields, to create positive impact in society by serving as Peace Corps Volunteers.provided such individuals are willing to commit their time, energy,..

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HEADQUARTERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE

The Corps maintain one indivisible Headquarters headed by the National Commandant and for ease of administration, the Headquarters maintains seven departments with each headed by a Deputy National Commandant. The departments are:

  1. Administration;
  2. Finance and Accounts;
  3. Peace Corps Secretariat;
  4. Training and Operations;
  5. Intelligence and General Services;
  6. Policy and Plan; and
  7. Logistics and Supply.
REGISTRATIONS, AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS, RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS AND COMMENDATION

Nigeria:

  1. Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, LFN
  2. Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; licensed to operate in Nigeria as a Non-Governmental Organization
  3. Notable member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN which serves as the umbrella body of all voluntary youth organizations in Nigeria
  4. Active partner of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist in delivery of emergency relief services and rehabilitation of internally displaced persons across the Country
  5. PCN is recognized by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development in line with the National Policy on Youth Development
  6. The Federal Ministry of Education licensed all of PCN activities in all Federal Government Colleges in Nigeria
  7. To demonstrate its acceptance across the nation, Governments of all the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT gave their approval for the establishment of the Corps' scheme in their schools and colleges.
MANPOWER STRENGTH AND GEOGRAPHICAL SPREAD

Membership of the Corps is open to all Nigerian youths within the ages of 18-35 irrespective of religion, tribe, sex, political affiliations or status with a minimum academic qualification of Senior Secondary Certificate Examination or its equivalents. Thus far, PCN has a membership strength of over One Hundred and Eighty- Seven Thousand (187,000) youths comprising of very well-trained officers, regular members and volunteers (mostly graduates of different disciplines).

As an organized grass-rooted and organic body with membership well spread across the nation, PCN has its headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with a web of membership and a well-structured network of branches across Nigeria. It has a Zonal Command in each of the geopolitical zones. Furthermore, it has State Commandoffices in the thirty six States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. While it has District Commandin each of the109 Senatorial Districts, the Corps has a Local Government Command in each of the 774 Local Governments/ Area Councils.

ACHIEVEMENTS, EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

For over a decade, Officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria have been engaged at various events by Government establishments, institutions of learning and religious bodies to assist in the maintenance of law and order, crowd management and control during programmes with good commendations and testimonials at all times. Some of the achievements of the Peace Corps are as follows:

  1. The Founder/National Commandant, Peace Corps Of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Akoh, flagging-off a Peace Campaign In Abuja in 2019 – Gallery: Image 1
  2. Covid-19 Pandemic Measures Enforcement in Nigeriain collaboration with other security agencies
  3. Delegation to the 2016 United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters, New York City, USA
  4. Colour Party and Regimental Band of the Peace Corps of Nigeria on Ceremonial Parade at the Eagle Square, Abuja on the Occasion of its 18th Anniversary
  5. Delegation to the 2012 United Nations Earth Summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  6. Capacity Building: Retreat, Training on Digital Literacy and Peace Building for Senior Officers of the Corps
  7. Peace Corps Medical Outreach to Rural Communities in Nigeria
  8. Drill Instructors of PCN demonstration group salute before the gentlemen Cadets of the Corps during their Mandatory Basic Training at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Ede, Osun State
  9. The Corps 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory Commandants in a group photograph at the Headquarters Jabi, Abuja
  10. Peace Corps Humanitarian Support for the Orphanage Homes in Nigeria
  11. Peace Corps Educational Support Programme in schools and colleges in Nigeria
  • Tree Planting Programme in Support for Climate Change Mitigation Measures (SDG Goal 13)
  • Peace Corps of Nigeria Humanitarian Outreach to IDP Camps and Correctional Centres in Nigeria.

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