Peace Corps Bill Suffers Fresh Setback , As Buhari Withholds Assent

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President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sign the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill two months after the document was sent to him by the National Assembly.

Mr. Buhari cited security concerns and financial concerns amongst reasons for his decision to withheld assent to the bill seeking to establish the Peace Corps.

In a letter read during plenary on Tuesday by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara,the President says given “scarce government resources”, funding the organisation will be a financial burden on the federal government.

According to the President, the proposed bill seeks to empower the peace Corps to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies.

The Peace Corps Bill had passed first, second and third reading on the floor of both Chambers of the National Assembly.

The bill was subsequently passed by the National Assembly in 2017 and forwarded to the Presidency for assent after it was transmitted to President Buhari by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani Omolori.

The Senate had passed the bill on November 25, 2016, shortly after the House of Representatives passed the same bill.

A conference committee of both chambers was inaugurated on December 8, 2016, to harmonise the bill.

The House of Representatives laid and adopted its conference report on January 19, 2017, while the Senate adopted its report on July 25, 2017.

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