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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Peace Corps: Dickson Akor Reacts To Bribe Rumour


The National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb Dickson Akor has refuted the story making the rounds that the organization bribed members of the National Assembly to pass the Corps bill.

Akor was reacting to a report, which was widely published online on Saturday, alleging that the PCN, whose bill was recently passed by Senate bribed some Senators with cash and slots.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Akor described the story as a campaign of calumny targeted at distracting the presidency from assenting to the bill.

The PCN boss called on Nigerians to disregard the report in entirety as it had no element of truth but was the figment of the writer’s imagination.

He said, “My attention was drawn to the article on social media that cast the PCN in a contemptuous light, but on a second thought, they may be referring to a rival organization, National Unity And Peace Corps led by one Mr. Chinedu Ineji, whose Bill was nipped in the bud by the National Assembly.

“The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), as the largest youth organization in Africa, has a well-structured network of branches in all the States Capital in Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with current membership strength of over 157, 000 comprising of both regular members and volunteers.

“PCN and its activities, established since 1998 in the ancient City of Kaduna, was accorded Federal Government recognition, under the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, since 2004 and is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.

“The Corps was in 2012 accorded a Special Consultative Status by the United Nations and assigned desk offices at the UN Headquarters in New York City, USA and regional offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria.

“The African Union, in the same vein, accorded PCN a special Conservative Status in 2016 on the occasion of its 18th Anniversary. Also, the Federal Ministry of Education granted PCN approval to establish its activities in all the Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) in the Federation since 2011. It is also affiliated to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide emergency relief and humanitarian services.

“The Corps and its leadership has received over 70 Awards, Locally and Internationally. Does it mean this Organization bribed its way to have recorded all these achievements and recognition, including bribing its way to the hearts of African Union and United Nations. From the foregoing, I wish to posit that it is most unfortunate that it has become a trade in stock for some individuals or groups, nowadays, to pre-occupy themselves with character assassination and distortion of obvious facts and figures against this noble objective. We recall too that the two Chambers of the National Assembly, as part of the legislative processes, organized Public Hearings in their respective Chambers in respect of NPC Bill.

“Over 570 Memoranda were received and 300 oral submissions made during the Public Hearings. In all of these, it was only 4 submissions and presentations that were against the passage of the Bill. Public Hearing is one of the most important part of Bill making processes.

“Does it means Peace Corps bribed its way into the hearts of all individuals and institutions, including Federal Government Ministries/ Agencies, Traditional and Religious Institutions that all advocated for the passage of the Bill?

“Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, once said, ‘If our Lord Jesus Christ was misrepresented, Prophet Mohammed too misrepresented in Their days of ministrations, then to be misrepresented is to be great.’ Certainly, NPC is on the part to greatness.

“The question now begging for answers from every rational mind is that can any youth based Organization has the financial capacity or wherewithal to bribe a single Senator or House of Representatives member, how much more of the entire National Assembly members and its leadership; some of whom where former Governors, Ministers, Business moguls, Retired Generals, e.t.c. After the Passage of the Bill, we do expect deliberate and calculated campaign of calumny by those who want to truncate it being assented to by the Mr President.”

1 comment:

  1. "Good decision taken by the senate on Peace Corps"

    (I write in response to the ill post by premium times in respect to peace corps bribing the senate)

    By "Kene Emmz"

    This is a fabricated story to dent and soil the image and hard work of the Peace Corps and Nigerian Senate. The senate should be applauded and praised for a good decision in the establishment of the corps. Have you taken time to go through the process of the creation? From NGO registration to bill passage? Do you realize the intensity of hard work put in by patriotic Nigerians for such establishment?. Coming to think of it; How much can Peace Corps elites give the senate/Reps members to satisfy them?. We need to be critical in our thinking, let us read the core mandate and see the need of the establishment. It is paramount to note that God has backed this struggle from day 1 till date and it's a God's project. Part of the mandate of APC is job creation, and this drive is one. Adding youths in security and intelligence gathering cannot be over emphasised. Finally, The senates and others have done their best, and have seen the need of the creation/establishment. Security itself is for every one and it can be complimented by such development. I stand with what the Senate has put in black/white and I believe that what is done is key and vital for the growth and development of NIGERIA.
    Long live Nigeria
    Long live PMB
    Long Live Nigeria Senate
    Long Live Peace Corps
    I stand with Senate decision on Peace corps
    I am "Kene Emmz"

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