Why Buhari has not signed Peace Corps Bill

Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17).
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Members of Nigeria Peace Corps, South-West Zone, Lagos State Command appreciating the National Assembly for passage of the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill, in Lagos on Wednesday (26/7/17). 03823/26/7/17/Supo Olosunde/BJO/NAN

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, said on Sunday that the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill is yet to be presented to the President for assent.

He said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja that the bill was yet to complete its legislative process at the National Assembly.

Mr. Enang said that he was unaware of any bill that had been passed by the legislature that was pending before Buhari for his endorsement.

“I have heard some members of the public saying that the Petroleum Industry Bill has been passed and has not been assented to.

“Some said that the Peace Corp Bill has been passed and sent to the president and has not been signed or that it is already a law and people have started buying forms.

“Some said that they have started sowing uniform and that some states have started operations, as if Peace Corp, as if it were, is a law.

“I want to use this opportunity to say the Peace Corp legislative process has not yet been completed to the extent that it should be forwarded to the president

“It has not been forwarded to the president and so, it is not yet pending for assent,’’ he said.

Mr. Enang advised the public not to be worried about the bill, and warned that anybody acting on the bill, whose legislative processes were yet to be completed, was illegal.

“The Bill processes have not been completed and it has not been forwarded to the president for assent to become law, and therefore, anything anybody does, using the bill is at the person’s risk.

“As an agency that has not been established, it cannot start operation; it cannot engage people, it cannot generate revenue unless and until it is established by law. Therefore, I will urge Nigerians not to be worried.

“The last time before the bill went back to the legislature, the Federal Government, the police and other agencies did something to draw attention to the status of the Peace Corp but it does appear that it is going back to where it was.’’

It would be recalled that Bill establishing the Corps, which was sponsored by Bayero Nafada (APC-Gombe), was passed by the Senate in July, 2017.

The bill was passed in a unanimous voice vote after the Chairman, Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, David Umaru, had presented report on issues surrounding adoption of the conference report on it.

(NAN)


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  • Frank Bassey

    This paramilitary group is a duplication of function; drain on public fund; unnecessary; wasteful, and should be disbanded.

    • Quency Olajide Oyegoke

      The truth of the matter is that Peace Corp is not a government agency. It is a private security like many others in the country. Therefore, government needs not bother itself about its existence provided it operates within the provisions of Guards company Law. What Nigeria needs presently is state police to drive community policing. Let us for once think out of the box.

      • A.A.Ngalos

        if it is a private security outfit, it must then be registered with the corporate commission only.

      • Frank Bassey

        “It is a private security like many others in the country.”
        WHO WILL FUND IT?

  • Victor Daniel

    The President should NEVER sign such. How many more of these sought of outfit do we need in Nigeria and who pays for it?
    Same outfit the corrupt politicians would later use as thugs.