Saturday, 21 January 2017

Peace Corps Recruitment: Why We Collect N40k From Applicants, Commandant Reveals

The N40, 000 the Nigerian Peace Corps is taking from for the most part unemployed youth who look for employment in the association takes care of the running expense and arrangement of materials, its National Commandant said on Thursday.Peace Corps Recruitment: Why We Collect N40k From Applicants, Commandant Reveals

Dickson Akor said amid a press briefing in Abuja that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission had explored the development as far back as 2004 and cleared it of any wrongdoing.

"The ICPC has examined us in 2004 and set up that the cash is going towards preparing materials and we're not extorting cash from applicants," Mr. Akor said.

He included that the Peace Corps additionally pay educators to prepare its individuals at its preparation offices the nation over.

"We have been holding workshops and preparing our members and we get them preparing materials and furthermore pay honorarium to their instructors," Mr. Akor said.

“We also pay our existing staff and not a single one of them is earning less than N40, 000 per month even though we’re not getting any support from the government right now.”

The comments came hours after the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives harmonised the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill to give the group, which had operated as a volunteer organisation for 18 years, government backing.

The bill is expected to be forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

Mr. Akor said the organisation would stop charging for services once the bill is signed into law.

“Immediately the president assents to this bill, nobody will pay a dime to be trained,” Mr. Akor said. “Nobody will pay any money for registration.”

Mr. Akor said the Peace Corps will create employment for the Nigerian youth to “promote the culture of peace” by providing community service and neighbourhood watch for nation building.

He said the services are currently not being rendered by the police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps or any other existing security agencies.


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