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Peace Corps Bill passed for third & final reading by Senate

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The Senate, on Thursday, passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill (SB. 173 and 183) for its third and final reading.

Although the Corps has been operational for some time, the passage of this Bill has helped to create a legal framework that will institutionalize the Peace Corps.

This Bill is designed to empower more young people, and to contribute to bringing down Nigeria’s unemployment rate.

Senate President Bukola Saraki said concerning the bill:

“It is my hope that once this Bill is signed into law by Mr. President, we can work on harmonizing the work of the Peace Corps with that of other security agencies. 

“This is important because it will allow for a more coordinated and efficient response to the pervasive issues of insurgency, kidnapping and other crimes that are confronting Nigeria.”

“We look forward to efficiency in the use of scarce resources by the Corps to help youth employment,” he added.

Earlier, the Lead debate on the report of the Peace Corps Bill was presented by the Chairman of the Interior Committee, Senator Bayero Nafada during Plenary on Thursday.

Sen. Anyanwu later spoke on the report of the Peace Corps Bill, while Sen. Sabi Abdullahi also spoke on the need for the Corps to help with Security.

The Peace Corps Bill SB. 173 by Sen. Ali Ndume and the Peace Corps Bill SB. 183 by Sen. Garba Binta were collapsed into a Single bill.

The Senate passed 42 Clauses as recommended and amended, Schedules, Short and Long Titles of the Peace Corps Bill 2016.

Senate President Saraki, thereafter, reported progress from the Committee of the Whole on the Peace Corps Bill.

Saraki then puts the question and the Peace Corps Bill passed the third and the final reading.

Senate President Bukola Saraki said that the Peace Corps already existed and the Senate is providing it with a stronger framework.

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