Senate: Lawmakers Finally Pass Peace Corps Bill

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The lawmakers at the upper chamber of the national assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to make the Nigerian Peace Corps, a para-military agency.

The Senate adopted the conference report on the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, after it was so advised by its committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters.

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While presenting his report, David Umaru, chairman of the committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters, asked the senate to consider the report despite the issues surrounding the establishment of the corps.

“The issues raised by the distinguished senators at the plenary are fundamental and they go to the root of the corps operations which are subject to litigation,” he said.

“The operation of peace corps in other jurisdiction, particularly in the US, the American peace corps as it is called used a model that does not operate as a permanent and a pensionable employment as intended in Nigeria.

“Arising from the presentation made by stakeholders and following from my observations and findings the senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters the senate may wish to consider the conference committee report on the peace corps bill 2017.”

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had separately passed the bill last year.

However, after the harmonisation of the two separate bills, the Senate had rejected the harmonised version, which has now been approved.

The bill will be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent after the House also approves‎ the harmonised version.



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