Peace Corps bill dies as Reps refuse to veto Buhari

The Peace Corps bill seeking to turn the non-governmental organisation into a government para-military agency, has failed to scale through the second reading at The House of Representatives.

The bill, which had been passed by the National Assembly was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, who refused to sign it into law.

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Some lawmakers had planned to veto the president’s rejection.

However, on Thursday, the bill failed to pass the second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by Emmanuel Orker-Jev (APC, Benue)

Recollect that President Buhari had in February declined his assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill passed by the National Assembly in 2017.

In separate letters to the Senate and House of Representatives, Mr Buhari cited security concerns and financial implications amongst reasons for his decision.

The bill has been widely anticipated by many Nigerians who believe the creation of the corps will partly address the nation’s unemployment crisis.

The bill had in late December 2017 arrived the presidency for possible 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.

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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.

The law sought to give legal backing to the establishment of peace Corps as a government parastatal, and allow all serving members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, both regular and volunteers, to be absolved into the proposed organisation at commencement.

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