- A bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps was re-introduced during plenary in the Senate by Senator Ali Ndume
- The Peace Corps bill was first introduced during plenary along with six other bills read for the first time in the Senate on Tuesday, December 17
- The bill seeks to transform the Peace Corps which operates as a non-governmental organisation into a paramilitary government agency to be known as the Nigerian Peace Corps
Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno South in the National Assembly on Tuesday, December 17, reintroduced a bill seeking to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps.
Premium Times reports that the bill was introduced during plenary along with six other bills read for the first time in the Senate.
The bill seeks to transform the Peace Corps which operates as a non-governmental organisation into a paramilitary government agency to be known as the Nigerian Peace Corps.
The bill was in 2017 passed by the 8th National Assembly and sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent but the president refused to sign it into law over security concerns and the burden of funding the organisation by the federal government.
The rejection of the bill by the president was criticised by many Nigerians, especially the youth were hopeful that the creation of the corps would reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has rejected the visa-on-arrival policy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The lawmakers in the red chamber said the move by the president is premature, considering the spate of insecurity currently witnessed in the country.
On Wednesday, December 11, President Buhari had announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that starting from January 2020, other Africans will be allowed to enter Nigeria without a visa.
But the Senate rejected the president's decision and went ahead to summon the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola along with Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration to appear before its committee on interior, judiciary and legal matters.
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