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Senate Passes bill to Establish “Nigerian Peace Corps”

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Senate-FloorThe Senate on Thursday passed the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill which seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for youths.

The Bill, which was sponsored by Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), was first read at plenary on March 10, 2016 and scaled second reading.

It seeks to facilitate peace volunteerism, community service, neighbourhood watch and nation building.

The bill will also facilitate the training of youths to advance the course of peace building and conflict transformation through peace education, mediation and conflict resolution among warring groups or communities where there are crisis in Nigeria.

The passage of the Bill followed a report presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior, Sen. Bayero Nafada (APC-Gombe North) after clause by clause consideration.

According to the report, the head of the corps will be referred to as Commandant General with six Deputy Commandants from the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The headquarters of the corps would be domiciled in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The functions of the corps include promoting social and economic development and empowering and preoccupying the Nigerian youths through job creation and provision of alternative employment.

In his contributions, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo) said that the Bill would create job opportunities and help in augmenting the efforts of security agencies.

Similarly, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger) said that in tackling security issues, there was the need to use multiple approach, hence the need for the bill.

“We need to allow more participation in the security space,’’ he said.

In his remark, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said that the passage of the Bill would go a long way to institutionalise the Peace Corps that had been functioning for a long time without the backing of the law.

He expressed the hope that with the passage of the Bill, it would contribute to the achievement of peace and stability in the country.

Briefing journalists after plenary, the Commander General of the Corps, Dr. Chinedu Nneji, said that the passage of the Bill was the beginning of a new era that would help in ensuring total peace in the country.

“We will permeate and move into our various communities to ensure that we bring total peace to Nigeria. We will also make sure that the issue of Boko haram, which the Nigerian military had reduced to the barest minimum, becomes a thing of the past,” he said.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) is a non-governmental organisation that aimed at resolving conflicts, peace building and engaging youths to divert their attention from violence.

8 Comments

  1. truth

    November 24, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    i hope that this peace corps like other around the world comes with a seizable stipend that gives housing, transport money,pocket money and food in place of salaries for those who volunteer, because no hungry person without a job or a little simple comfort will do anything for free.

  2. Nene'sMa

    November 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I hope this is not another 30k job o, because once this people say “empower youths” they start talking paltry sums *hiss*

  3. Marian

    November 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I think they should have just reevaluated the nysc program and incorporated this with it. Nysc is not properly funded and has detoriated over the years. Same ish gon happen with this and that’s if the funds don’t end up in someone’s pocket to begin with.

  4. EE

    November 25, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Where is the money coming from???

    This being Nigeria, why do I suspect these “jobs” are meant to keep their “boys” occupied till the next election.

  5. hey!

    November 27, 2016 at 8:05 am

    I don’t believe this! For the past 16 Years, this man Dickson Akoh has raped many Nigerians and collects from 40 to 70k from them as camp allowance. He goes from state to state and carry out camps and promises them that Nigeria would soon pass it into law, Just as they did with road safety and civil defence. Old,young, educated, uneducated Nigerians have been duped over the years and many have warmed his bed because he acts like he is cursed when it comes to women issue. He has had 3camps in the space of 2months in plateau and Benue, and each person paid about 70k, and each camp had about 3 to 4thousand persons, please go and calculate. Femi Falana is sure smiling to the bank now, cos he’s his lawyer that has been helping keeping him going despite many law suits against him. Oh well! The day has finally arrived,and money has sure changed hands, and to me, God has finally answered the prayers of the many innocent people he has deceived for years. Maybe when you ask people who have known him and his activities for years, you will understand me, or when u get to Benue state and see the mighty house he built and the big hotel he is building, you will understand too. Am shocked to see up there that one Nneji is the commandant general, oh well, maybe he’s finally gotten some counsel to gather some powers that be and cede his money spinning machine to them and strikes a deal with them. Yes,i know him very well, and I have worked there, I didn’t pay a dime and didn’t do any camping, because he calls anyone to work there and of course am pained because I know how many people he has duped over the past 16 years, and all I keep wondering is this, nigerian can’t pay good salaries yet, civil defence seem jobless,yet we are bringing something else on board?

    • obong

      November 27, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      You are idiotic

    • mike

      March 5, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Get ur facts Right before posting rubbish

  6. roasterb

    January 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Bloody civilian idiot because you are nt opportune to do so

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