By Iyojo Ameh
The National Assembly has forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent , the harmonised version of the bill on Nigerian Peace Corps after passage by both the Senate and the House of Representatives .
Transmission of the bill for Presidential assent by the Clerk to the National Assembly ( CNA) , Sani Magaji Tambuwal as authoritatively gathered by Citypost.ng, was done on Wednesday this week via letter written to that effect .
The letter according to highly placed source in the National Assembly , written on leter head of the CNA , was dated 12th April , 2023 and directly addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari .
Three copies of the authenticated copies of the bills , the source added, were forwarded to the President for assent , one of which is expected to be retained by him and the other two , sent back to the National Assembly for further action .
In line with provisions of the 1999 Constitution , President Buhari is expected to assent to the bill on or before 11th May ,2023 when 30 days window , given for such important action , must have been exploited .
The Bill, If assented to, the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria that had been operating on template of volunteerism over the years , will now be a Federal Government owned and funded Agency in the name of Nigeria Peace Corps.