The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), accorded a special consultative status by the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a non-governmental and uniformed youth organization that focuses on working with the youth in getting to know them, their personalities, their dreams and aspirations, their fears, their failures, their successes and their passions with a view of building, harnessing and redirecting their productive energies towards the Socio-economic and Political advancement of the Nation.
Founded by a youth strategist, Amb. (Dr) Dickson A. O. Akoh, FCITr, FCPA on the 10th of July 1998, in the Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. PCN, in its commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development is registered in Nigeria under the Company and Allied Matters Act of 1990, Part C. After dissipating a lot of energy into research work in a bid to enforce a functional and sustainable growth in youth development and re-orientation. Amb. Akoh observed that Nigeria hitherto is endowed with one of the best human and natural resources where the youth could use and attain their full potentials. He however identified the absence of a comprehensive and practical orientation programme which will serve as a social mechanism towards their meeting modern day challenges. This, in his findings, constituted an impediment to the positive development of the Nigerian youths. Hence he took the historic step of forming PCN with its motto as Discipline and Patriotic Services.
The vision and mission of PCN is encapsulated in the aims and objectives of the Corps which is to “Train, Educate and Re-orientate the Youths on their future leadership roles in the society, the Art of nation building, Respect for Constituted Authorities, the Rule of Law and Democratic Principle as well as imparting a high sense of citizenship and good leadership in the youths.”
PCN has a logo and colours. The Logo comprises a Torch, Red Flame, an Open Book and a Wreath while the colors are made up of Green, Yellow and Red.
The Torch symbolizes National Unity and Integration, the Red Flame stands for Strict Discipline observed by Members of the Corps, while the open book and the wreath depict Academic Excellence of Nigerian Youths and the law of Modification which places high premium on the Youth respectively. In the colours, the Green Colour connotes re-orientation as a basis for the character rejuvenation of the citizenry. The Yellow and red colors represent National Integration and Strict Discipline respectively.