The Peace Corp is an organisation founded in America by an elite group of formidable youths to foster peace building and promote cooperation through Conflict resolution within the society and was later recognised by the Government of the United States during the time of President Kennedy, who assented to it’s establishment bill.
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In 1994, Dickson Akoh, brought the Peace Corp to Nigeria, and after several organisation name decided to settle for the name- The Peace Corps of Nigeria and registered it as a Non Governmental Organisation in 1998 with its activities cutting across capacity building, youth development, empowerment, peace building and conflict resolutions.
Since then, the organisation had been buried in numerous upheavals and crisis ranging from clashes with the Nigerian police, the military and the Department of State Services. They’ve battled scornful remarks and suggestions from numerous Government MDA’s advising the legislature not to think of legalising it. Civil and criminal actions have also been instituted and lashed against them by the Attorney General’s office.
The irony of it all is that Nigerian youths view The Nigerian Peace Corps as an opportunity for gainful employment and have thrown an assize weight of support behind them. And not just that, the organisation further has a massive support from the National Assembly. This support had birthed the Peace Corps of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill which was put forward to the presidency for assent pursuant to sections 12(2)(3) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
In response to the assent,