We Did Not Pass Any Bill To Support Peace Corps- Senate

 


The Nigerian Senate has urged the federal government of Nigeria to give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria.

This was sequel to the report of the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters, urging the Senate to go ahead with the adoption of the conference committee report

The Senate’s move was however misunderstood in certain quarters. The Nigerian Senate has clarified the ambiguity emanating from the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill passed on Tuesday, July 25.

While Ambassador Dickson Akoh, the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria had addressed the press, thanking the National Assembly for “restoring hope to the Nigerian youths”; Dr Chinedu Nneji, Commandant General of National Unity and Peace Corps had also thanked the National Assembly for passing the bill via a media statement.
Dr Akoh’s Peace Corps of Nigeria has been certified as the beneficiary of the recent Senate’s action.

Reacting to the controversies surrounding the bill, the Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, said the bill passed into law by the National Assembly was to give legal backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria, under Akoh.

Senator Abdullahi who made the statement on Thursday, July 27 while addressing National Assembly correspondents, said the report in some quarters that the National Assembly passed and adopted the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill was misleading.

According to the senator, the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill did not pass through the House of Representatives and as such, the Senate could not force it on them. “Let me say that, in the Senate, we had the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill and we also had the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill.

“When we were considering the Peace Corps Bill, an observation was raised that there was another bill which has similar objectives, that was the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill. “So it was agreed that that When we did that, we then passed our own version,” he said. Senator Abdullahi added that it was during the conference committee to harmonise the two versions of the bill passed, that the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill was removed and the lower house version was adopted.

He said:“The House of Reps maintained, that there was no bill called the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill. So, there was no basis for harmonisation.

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