Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Reps deal blow to Nigerian Peace Corps, step down Bill

By Taiye Agabje on 24/05/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,633

•Peace Corp volunteers
•Peace Corp volunteers

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, voted against the Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had declined to sign the controversial Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment Bill) 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.

He conveyed his decision to withhold his assent in a letter sent to the National Assembly on February 27.

The President had given two reasons for rejecting the proposed organisation.

One of which was “security concerns regarding the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps being authorised to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies.”

The second reason was “financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources, which may pose serious challenge to the government.”

Representing the bill for a second reading at the plenary, as part of the process to override the President’s veto, Rep Emmanuel Orker-Jev (Benue APC) argued that the two reasons cited by President Buhari were not strong enough to stand down the bill.

Other lawmakers in support of Orker-Jev, who was the sponsor of the bill, included Reps Lovette Ndubuisi (Delta PDP), Tahiru Monguno (Borno APC), Jonathan Gaza (Nasarawa PDP), Goni Lawal (Yobe APC), Rita Orji (PDP), Rimande Shawulu (Taraba PDP), Sunday Adepoju (Oyo APC), Istifanus Gyang (Plateau PDP), among others.

According to Ndubuisi, Nigeria should be able to operate a security system that can be juxtaposed with international practice.

He said the acceptability of the bill could not be over-emphasised.

Monguno said the establishment of Peace Corps would help to strengthen the country’s security structure.

“No amount of money spent to guarantee the security of lives and property will be too much,” he said.

Orji argued that if passed into law, the creation would help to combat the high rate of unemployment among the youths in the country.

“There are many jobless people in our society today. And when a boy has nothing doing, he will end up as area boy. So if Peace Corps will reduce unemployment rate, I think we should see it as a palliative measure,” she said.

Also, Shawulu said since the country was under-policed, the need to have such security agency was timely.

However, some of the legislators opposed the idea, citing financial constraint among other reasons.

Those who disagreed with the proposal included Reps Ahmed Wase (Plateau APC), Bashir Baballe (Kano APC), Abubakar Adamu (Niger APC), Osai Osai (Delta PDP), Alhassan Doguwa (Kano APC), Babajimi Benson (Lagos APC), A. Adar (Sokoto APC).

According to Wase, the supposed head of the organisation collected N50, 000 from each applicant.

“Is that the only avenue to employ? We should remember that those who started the Civil Defence today are still volunteering. Will this one not go the same way?

“I appeal to my brother to step down the bill and let us do a thorough job on it,” he said.

On his part, Baballe argued that at a time when the existing security agencies were underfunded, it would be improper to establish a new one.

Adamu also cited the issue of inter-agency rivalry among security agencies as another reason for the bill to be stepped down.

He said such act might undermine the security of the country.

Doguwa stated that what the country should focus on at the moment was how to consolidate on the existing security agencies to make them efficient.

After a tensed deliberation that lasted for over an hour, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, put a question on whether the bill should go for a second reading.

However, majority of the lawmakers across party lines voted against it.

It would be recalled that the proposed outfit had generated serious controversies across the country.

Among security agencies, particularly the Nigeria Police, there was an outright rejection of the corps on the grounds that it would duplicate the duties of the existing agencies.

But, the promoters of the corps, especially the coordinator, Mr. Dickson Akor, had worked hard to explain the relevance of the organisation to the National Assembly to a point that the lawmakers were convinced to pass the bill in 2017.

But, not long after the bill was passed, the police invaded the headquarters of the corps in Abuja and closed it down. NAN

 

Source News Express

Posted 24/05/2018 8:23:56 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Police intercept heavily armed kidnappers

Cult member nabbed after gun battle with police...

African Heads of State sign Charter on Maritime...

No elections in South East, South South in...

MOSOP berates Kachikwu over Petrol Service Station offer...

Sepp Blatter must go, say FIFA’s major sponsors...

Change Agenda: Buhari administration has performed creditably: Minister...

Why we’re investing heavily in cocoa production —Aregbesola...

Zuma’s exit: A lesson in party supremacy

Brave residents arrest 3 armed robbers while in...

Why APC’s Obaseki won Edo governorship election after...

Stop using chloroquine, artesunate to treat malaria, FG...

 

Latest News Boko Haram kills Army Commander, several soldiers We won’t substitute Ganduje over bribe allegation — APC •Explains source of ‘bribes’ Osun PDP members sue Adeleke over fake certificate Man charged with sex crimes involving 300 boys INEC removes names of 1,931 persons from Kaduna voters’ register Fayemi reinstates five Perm Secs sacked by Fayose, to get salary arrears Gunmen kidnap 20 students from Cameroonian school Anambra lawmakers to IGP: Caution the State Command over sealing of Assembly Complex 2019: Atiku doesn’t have second term hidden agenda — Campaign Strategist 8th Senate worst in attendance: Ndume Gov Abubakar imposes 12-hour curfew on five Bauchi communities Army flushes out criminals in Northwest

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (422,663 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (390,770 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (323,852 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (272,550 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (244,812 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (227,806 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (209,583 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (191,128 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (176,472 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (168,898 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (165,473 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (152,308 views)

 

Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (74) Business & Economy (3,803) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (964) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (568) Features (670) Global Business Monitor (311) International (2,707) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (38) News (40,698) Opinion (1,145) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,819) Religion (903) Sports (1,780) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera