Reps Adopts Nigerian Peace Corps Conference Committee Report

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By Iyojo Ameh

The House of Representatives has approved and adopted the Conference Committee reports on the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps.

Speaking during plenary yesterday,the Chairman of the Comittee Hon. Babangida Ibrahim while moving for the consideration of his Committee report explained that the bill among others major fuctions is seeking to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps in the country.

Hon. Ibrahim further informed that the peace corps when finally establish will be the body charged with the responsibility to fully develop, empower as well as provide meaningful employment for Nigerians most especially young graduates rooming the streets in search of greener pastures.

Hon Ibrahim also disclosed that the peace Corps Shall facilitate peace, volunteerism across the country especially within some local communities adding that their services will equally include neighborhood watch and general peace keeping process across nooks and crannies of the country..

During the plenary, the harmonised report of the conference committee was laid and adopted by the House.

The House therefore adopted the version of the bill as passed in terms of clause 38(2).

According to document, the hghlight of the adopted report is on clause 38 (1) of the version passed by the Senate which is in conflict with the version passed by the House of Reps as contained under clause 38 (1).

Checks by this medium has revealed that the Senate’s version seeks dissolution of the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria and National Unity and Peace Corps.

However, the House of Reps version of the Bill solely support and recommends the dissolution of the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria to be transformed into the Nigerian Peace Corps when assented to by the President Buhari.

“It would be remembered that the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) Establishment Bill was passed last year by the two Chambers of the National Assembly.

A source from Reps who pleaded for anonymity said the harmonised copy of the bill would reach President Buhari as soon as possible to ensure immediate assent.

It would be recalled that the House had set up a committee to look into what seems to be gray areas between the report from the Senate and the House on the Peace Corp Bill.

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