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Hope Restored for Teeming Youths,as Senate pass Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

Hope Restored for Teeming Youths,as Senate pass Nigerian Peace Corps Bill

The senate has restored the hope of teeming Nigerian youths by passing the Bill seeking to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps.

The bill passed third reading after Sadiq Umar, chairman of the senate committee on interior, presented a report.

The bill is being sponsored by Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno North.

While presenting the report on the floor of the senate on Tuesday, Umar said his committee received “hundreds of memoranda” from stakeholders who are supporting the passage of the legislation.

The senator said the Bill, if passed and assented to by the president, would help tackle rising unemployment in the country.

After presenting his report, the senate went into the “committee of the whole” where they considered and passed 40 sections of the bill.

The bill will be sent to the house of representatives for concurrence before it is submitted to the president for assent.

The bill passed first reading not long after the ninth national assembly led by Senate President Ahmad Lawan was inaugurated.

The Bill was passed by the eight Senate in late 2017 but President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the legislation in February 2018, citing security concerns as one of the reasons for his decision.

He also cited paucity of funds and duplication of duties.

In December 17, 2019 the Bill was reintroduced by Mr Ali Ndume

The bill passed second reading in December 2020.

The core mandate of the bill is to develop, empower, and provide gainful employment for the youth to facilitate peace, voluntarily, community services, neighbourhood watch, nation building and other related matters.

While addressing journalists in Abuja, the National Commandant of the Corps said he is very excited for the news of the passage of the NPC Bill in the Senate, he applauded the Nigerian Senate for a job well done.

He added that he is optimistic that the House of Representatives will also in line with the upper Chamber pass the Bill and that Mr President will graciously assent to the Bill this time.

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