Peace Corps: Reps approve establishment bill

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The House of Representatives, earlier today, passed a bill to establish the Nigeria Peace Corps.

The Corps is essential to facilitate peace and the security of local communities and neighborhoods.

It would be recalled that both chambers of the National Assembly, the House, and the Senate, had, in 2017, passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill 2016.

It was gathered that President Muhammad Buhari withheld his assent to the Bill, saying there was no money for such an establishment and there was a duplication of functions of conventional security agencies.

The Bill was reintroduced and re-gazetted in July 2019 as HB. 17.

The Chief Whip, Honorable Tahir Monguno from Borno State, sponsored it.

In his lead debate, Mongunu cited Order 12, Rule 16 of the Standing Order of the House, which prescribed that a Bill passed by the previous Assembly, “upon being re-gazetted or clean copies circulated, be reconsidered in the Committee of the Whole without being commenced de-novo.”

The House passed the bill after considering and adopting the report.

In a related development, the House also passed a Bill for an Act to Repeal the National Commission for Refugees Act, Cap. N21 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons Act for the Management, Rehabilitation Return, Reintegration and Resettlement of Refugees, Migrants and Victims of Displacement.

Also passed through the second reading was a Bill for an Act to Amend the Federal Polytechnics Act, Cap. F17, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to accommodate the newly Established Federal Polytechnics sponsored by Hon. Aminu Suleiman from Kano State.

Similarly, the House also reconsidered the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Bill, 2022(HB. 444) and recommitted Specialized National Dermatology Hospital Bill, 2022 and the National Commission for Colleges of Education Bill, 2022, for reconsideration.

Those were outstanding bills from the 8th Assembly.

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