This article discusses the ranks and salary structure of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) currently in this year 2023. This information on the Peace Corps of Nigeria pay package as well as the ranks in this paramilitary organization will keep you up to date if you are wanting to join the Peace Corps of Nigeria and would like to get a heads up on their monthly compensation scale.
PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA (PCN): OVERVIEW OF THE ORGANIZATION
Amb. (Dr) Dickson A.O. Akoh, a youth development advocate and strategist, founded the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) in Kaduna State in 1998. The Nigerian Peace Corps, which is dedicated to national creativity, peace, and youth development, is incorporated in Nigeria under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Part C/20, LFN 2004, with the IT Number CAC/IT/4589 of May 2002, and is recognized by the government through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development. Its activities in schools and colleges have also been registered with the Federal Ministry of Education.
The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) is a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, and the United Nations, and the African Union have accorded it Special Consultative Status, making it an affiliate of their respective Economic, Social, and Cultural Councils (ECOSOC). PCN is also a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The National Assembly (8th Assembly) passed a bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, to give formal backing to PCN, in recognition of its outstanding successes and value-driven programmes over the years. The 9th National Assembly has re-gazetted, re-introduced and passed this critical Bill with a view to sending it to the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his signature.
All Nigerian youths, regardless of age, religion, tribe, gender, or socio-economic standing, are welcome to join the PCN. PCN now boasts a membership of over 187,000 young people, including both regular members and volunteers. It also has a well-organized network of branches in all 36 States in Nigeria, as well as the Federal Capital Territory. After devoting a significant amount of time, energy, and resources to research in order to develop a functional and sustainable growth index in youth development and re-orientation, Dr. Akoh concluded that, despite having vast human and natural resources that could aid the youth in discovering and realizing their full potentials, Nigeria lacked comprehensive and practical orientation programs that would serve as social mechanisms to assist them.
According to him, the situation posed a significant hindrance to the Nigerian youth’s positive growth. As a result, he established the PCN in an attempt to fill the hole by offering a true platform for character development and youth empowerment. PCN’s operations are primarily focused on promoting peace and social order, youth empowerment, volunteerism and humanitarian aid, and environmental health. The Corps provides a legitimate platform for its members to collaborate with all levels of government, educational institutions, youth-based groups, civil society and community-based organizations, and international development partners who share similar goals.
PCN and its members have faced a variety of contemporary obstacles since its formation, but each member of the Corps has been prepared to meet these challenges with severe discipline, unshakable patriotism, and unyielding passion. Peace Corps officers’ efforts, especially in schools and colleges, have left an enduring legacy of selfless service and have become an important part of social mobilization of Nigerian youngsters in the difficult job of nation-building.
FUNCTIONS OF THE PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA (PCN)
The functions of the Peace Corps of Nigeria includes the following:
- To enlist, mobilise, train, orientate and provide gainful employment for the youths in order to develop them as supporting agents of social order by providing a second line of public safety;
- To serve as a think tank and engage in educating residents of every community on security and safety measures peculiar to their neighbourhood;
- To uphold a bottom-up surveillance through monitoring and observation and to detect, collate, analyse and transmit intelligence data on matters that may likely cause breach of peace and security within the neighbourhood and transmit same to the appropriate Security Agency for pre-emptive measures/actions;
- To engage in Peace Education, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in order to advance the course of Peace-building, Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation in all communities in Nigeria;
- To secure Educational Institutions from intruders and to combat all forms of social decadence/vices, including cultism and examination malpractices with a view to creating peaceful and conducive atmosphere for learning;
- To serve as a Reservoir and Springboard of man-power for volunteerism and involvement in social and community services such as Crowd Control, Tour Guard/Guide, Emergency Relief Services, Rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons, Voters’ Registration, Election Duties, Census, Immunization, Sanitation and First Aid;
- To set up a centre saddled with the responsibility of training and building the capacity of the youths in the areas of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Skill Acquisition and;
- To carry out other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly or any Bye-law.
RANKS IN THE PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA (PCN)
The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has a separate ranking structure than the Army, Navy, and Airforce. However, their ranking system is similar to that of paramilitary agencies in Nigeria such as the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS). The Commandant General is the highest-ranking officer in the PCN, followed by the Deputy Commandant General (DCG), and then the Assistant Commandant General (ACG).
There are six DCGs and six ACGS in all. These posts are generally chosen in accordance with the legislation and are drawn from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria to reflect true Federalism.
The following are the ranks or positions of the Peace Corps of Nigeria that have been highlighted:
- Commandant-General “CG” (1 NPC Arm, 2 Star, 1 Eagle)
- Deputy Commandant-General “DCG” (1 NPC Arm, 1 Star, 1 Eagle)
- Assistant Commandant-General “ACG” (1 NPC Arm, 1 NPC Bar, 1 Eagle)
- Commandant “CN” (1 NPC Arm, 1 Eagle)
- Deputy Commandant “DCN” (1 NPC Arm, 1 Star)
- Assistant Commandant “ACN” (1 NPC Arm)
- Chief Superintendent “CSN” (1 Star, 1 Eagle)
- Superintendent “SN” (1 Eagle)
- Deputy Superintendent “DSN” (3 Star)
- Assistant Superintendent 1 “ASN 1” (2 Star)
- Assistant Superintendent 2 “ASN 2” (1 Star)
- Inspector 1 “Inspector 1” ( 3 Strip Metal Bars)
- Inspector 2 “Inspector 2” (2 Strip Metal Bars)
- Inspector 3 “Inspector 3” (1 Strip Metal Bar)
- Corper Assistant 1 “Corper 1” (3 Strip Wool Bars)
- Corper Assistant 2 “Corper 2” (2 Strip Wool Bars)
- Corper Assistant 3 “Corper 3” (1 Strip Wool Bar)
- Private Corper “Private” (1 Empty Wool Bar), the lowest rank in the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
Aside from these graded officers, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) provides for other types of membership. Nigerians between the ages of 18-35 are eligible to join. These membership opportunities, which are in three categories include the following:
- Permanent Staff Officers
- Peace Corps Volunteer
- Student Membership.
PEACE CORPS OF NIGERIA (PCN) SALARY STRUCTURE 2023
When finally approved by the President, the salary structure of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) in 2023 will be according to the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS). The monthly compensation structure of officers of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) is based on ranks, with the highest salaries paid to officers at the top and the lowest salaries paid to officers of the PCN at the bottom like with all uniformed occupations in Nigeria.
This indicates that the Peace Corps of Nigeria Commandant-General salary will be the highest than those of other ranks. Currently, there are no official figures indicating just how much Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) officers earn as salaries per month and any information you see anywhere online are just rumours and speculations. The official figures will be made available when this paramilitary organization is approved to operate by the President.