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Peace Corps: The drama of a failed Bill

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The Nigeria Peace Corps had, over the years, been in existence with no much attention given to it until attempts at making it one of the nation’s security outfits, through an Act of the National Assembly. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Peace Corps’ near success story Repeated efforts at doing so also did not gain the needed breakthroughs, until the current assembly Read More

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Peace Corps bill not dead, Akoh insists

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dickson Akoh, has said he “believes the bill to establish Nigerian Peace Corps is not dead.” Akoh stated this yesterday while reacting to the decision of the members of the House of Representatives to reject the second reading of the bill, thereby failing to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the earlier passed Read More

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Reps give police 21 days to vacate Peace Corps HQs

May 10, 2018 Editorial IV 0

House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Idris Ibrahim, within 21 days, vacate national headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria. This was fallout of consideration and adoption of recommendations of the House Committee on Public Petitions, which conducted investigation into the reported legal closure of Peace Corps facilities and flagrant disobedience to subsisting court orders to unseal Read More

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Stop engaging Peace Corps, Jigawa govt orders LGs, MDAs

April 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

Jigawa state government has directed all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to stop engaging the services of the members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN). The directive was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Special Service Directorate, Sarki Baba, in Dutse yesterday. It also warned all the 27 local government councils in the state against Read More

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Peace Corps nabs 3 teenagers for ‘attempted gang-rape’

March 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ilorin Peace Corps of Nigeria, Kwara state command, yesterday arrested three teenagers who were said to be students of a secondary school in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, for alleged attempted gang rape of 14-year-old girl (names withheld). The state commandant of the Corps, Patriot Lukman Adelowo Yekini, who spoke with newsmen in Ilorin, said the suspects had been handed Read More

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Peace Corps Bill rejection irreconcilable’

March 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The African Youth Support Centre (AYSC) has expressed shock over President Muhammadu Buhari’s rejection of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) Bill, after being passed by both chambers of the National Assembly. Its Executive Director, a former president of the Pan African Youth Union, Comrade Ben Duntoye, noted that the PCN “is designed to be a vehicle for mass Read More

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Reps to review Peace Corps, 21 other bills

March 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  The House of Representatives is to take another look at the Peace Corps Bill and consider reasons given by President Muhammadu Buhari for not signing it, before deciding the next line of action. The House will also consider another 21 bills yet to be assented to by the president. The 22 bills (including the Peace Corps Bill) were either Read More

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Mixed reactions trail Buhari’s rejection of Peace Corps Bill-Voxpop

March 8, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Tuesday, last week, President Muhammadu Buhari dashed the hopes of many unemployed Nigerians by rejecting the Peace Corps Bill, citing security concerns and financial implications. PAUL OKAH seeks the views of a cross-section of Nigerians on the development. Buhari is on the right track I’ve never been a fan of Buhari and his clique of ministers, but, for once, let Read More

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Buhari won’t reject Peace Corps bill – PRO

February 19, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has faulted reports in one of the dailies insinuating that President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected its bill, saying the bill is not part of those rejected. Its Public Relations Officer, of the Corps, Millicent Umoru, in a statement issued over the weekend, described the report as misleading, saying that “the writers merely embarked Read More

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Police, Peace Corps supporters clash in Abuja

February 16, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The police yesterday clashed with activists and supporters of the Nigerian Peace Corps at the organisation’s headquarters in Abuja. The police arrived in five Toyota Hilux vans after activists and Peace Corps members attempted to implement court orders that the facility be reopened. The development came two days after the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions asked the police Read More

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Senate transmits Peace Corps bill to Presidency

January 3, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By Agi Onda Abuja The much-anticipated Nigeria Peace Corps Bill has arrived the Presidency for onward assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, the President’s Special Adviser (Senate), Ita Enang, has confirmed. “The Peace Corp bill has just been forwarded to the President and it is undergoing the standard procedure,” Enang told an online publication yesterday. He said copies of the bill, Read More

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Peace Corps to work with governments at all level, CG assures

December 31, 2017 Blueprint 2

Commandant General of the National Unity and Peace Corps, Dr. Chinedu Nneji, has assured president Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and local government chairmen that the organisation under his leadership will work with all other sister agencies to bring about peace in the country. Nneji however, urged the president to sign into law the bill establishing the Nigerian Peace Corps, saying Read More

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American varsity honours Peace Corps commandants, others

December 22, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Encouraged by the commitment to academics, social services and the welfare of the youths, the Jacksonville University, Alabama, United States of America has awarded doctorate degrees (honoris causa) in Public Administration to some Nigerians aimed at promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. The awards which came through the institution’s Nigerian partners, the Chronicle Media, Abuja, was the highpoint of Read More

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Group to protest continued closure of Peace Corps’ office on Friday

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 1

By John Oba Abuja A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations under the aegis of Justice and Equity (COALITION – JE), has warned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Idris Abubakar, to vacate the national headquarters of Peaces Corps of Nigeria before Friday or face a nationwide protest. Justice Gabriel Kolawole, of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had in Read More

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Sign Peace Corps Bill to reduce unemployment, violent crimes, Bayelsa Elders tell Buhari

December 18, 2017 Blueprint 2

Elders and Traditional chiefs  from the Eight Local Government Councils of Bayelsa State have  written to President Muhammadu Buhari over the noticeable delay in the signing into law of the Bill establishing the National Peace Corps, saying the signing of the bill into law will reduce rising tension and conflict around the country. The Traditional Chiefs, under the aegis of Read More

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Peace Corps Commandants get Jacksonville University’s doctorate awards

December 18, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Agi Onda Abuja The Jacksonville State University, Alabama, United States of America, at the weekend, conferred on four outstanding commandants of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) with the doctorate degrees (honoris causa) in Public Administration. The commandants; Bala Joshua, Aliyu Ibrahim, Caleb Enejo, and Ekweche Dominic Odey for Nasarawa, Niger, Kogi and Cross River states commands, respectively were Read More

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Police Vs PCN: Can CSOs enforce court order?

December 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations decision to go to the head office of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) to enforce Justice Gabriel Kolawole’s court order, has raised questions as to whether a non court official can execute judgement, as ELEOJO IDACHABA examines in this report Since February 28, 2017, the head office of Peace Corps of Nigeria(PCN) located at Read More

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CSOs reopen Peace Corps office

November 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

  Following a Federal High Court order issued against the Nigerian Police Force over the sealing of Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) office, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations for Justice and Equity (CCSO-JE) has enforced the judgement on the Police by unsealing the building. Justice Gabriel Kolawale, in a judgement on November 9, ordered the police to unseal and Read More

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Court orders Police to pay Peace Corps N12.5 million, unseal headquarters

November 9, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the Nigeria Police to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps. Justice Gabriel Kolawole ordered that the building be unsealed within seven days. The court also ruled that N12.5 million be paid to the controversial group as damages. Security agencies led by the Nigeria Police stormed the Peace Corps headquarters on Read More

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Ensuring meaningful youth engagement

November 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

Ene Osang Nigeria, with an estimated population of 170 million people is often categorised among poor nations, irrespective of the enormous natural and human resources it is endowed with. This, has been blamed on corruption, under-utilisation of resources, over dependence on petroleum and lack of zeal or creativity among the youths. Series of economic policies have been introduced over the Read More

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Group wants Peace Corps office unsealed

October 26, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By John Oba Abuja Coalition of Civil Society groups for Justice and Equity (Coalition-JE) has demanded for the immediate unsealing of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) by the Inspector General of Police, Malam Idris Ibrahim. Addressing the press in Abuja, on behalf of others, the convener, Mr Edime Amade, said the federal government should set up an independent executive Read More

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Peace Corps employs 6 graduate IDPs, donate food items

September 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

Six graduates among others in Kuchigoro Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)’s camp in the Federal Capital Territory (FCD) yesterday secured immediate employment from the management of the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC), even as the Corps donated some food items to assist the victims. Checks revealed that about 1572 persons from 27 Local governments of Borno and Adamawa states are Read More

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Peace Day: Orphans, widows pray for Peace Corps

September 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

Orphans and widows at the weekend rendered prayers unto God to touch the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari “so that he can assent to the Bill of the Nigerian Peace Corps as passed by the National Assembly.” Th e prayers were coming even as the National Unity and Peace Corps (NUPEC) donated some food items to the Adonai Orphanage Home Read More