The Problem Statement
There is an ongoing effort in assenting the bill into law by the president.
This delay may be caused by inadequate funding to fully establish the operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources which may pose serious challenge to the government and duplication of duties performed by other enforcement agencies.
One would want to ask, what is the essence of setting up a Peace Corps when its duties are in a way performed by other enforcement institutions? More so, if the sole purpose of the enactment of the bill was for National Development, then the government have at its disposal many institutions responsible for this same goal yet no meaningful contributions has been put in a bid to enhance National Unity.
Thereby, leading to an uproar in the society as many institutions span up with no clear focus but want to get a taste of the National cake.
The Policy Solution
In achieving National Interest, there is need to support the activities of the Nigerian Peace Corps whose organization are launched fair and would be needing financial support to enable it continue with its act of volunteerism, humanitarian services and youth empowerment. It is also important for the corps to liaise and build synergies with relevant institutions and to establish mechanisms for National development.
NIGAC Constructive Position/Take
The core mandate of the corps is to develop, empower, and provide gainful employment for the youth to facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services, neighbourhood watch, nation-building and for other related matters.
It is expected that the bill would give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria, which currently has over 187,000 members, comprising regular staff and volunteers with a well-structured network of branches in 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The Peace Corps bill was widely anticipated by many Nigerians who believed the creation of the corps will partly address the nation’s unemployment crisis. Many others, however, opposed the bill, saying it creates a new bureaucracy at a time existing security agencies are underfunded.