NASS moves to transmit Nigeria Peace Corps Bill to presidency for assent 

The machinery for transmitting the Bill seeking for an Act to Establish the Nigeria Peace Corps to President Muhammadu Buhari was in motion at the National Assembly on  Wednesday composition of conference committee for harmonisation of reports of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives took the lead by constituting a six-man Conference Committee that would work with their Senate counterpart to harmonise and produce a clean copy of the Bill for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

Members of the House Conference Committee are Hon Babangida Ibrahim (Chairman)  Hon Tijani Kayode Ismail, Hon Chinedu Ogah, Hon Ibrahim Umar Potiskum, Hon Abdulmumini Are and Hon Legor Idegbo.

Members of the Senate’s Committee are: Senator Kashim Shettima (Chairman), 

Senator Abba Moro, Senator Betty Apiafi, Senator Adelere  Oriolowo, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and Senator Seriake Dickson.

The Conference Committee members are expected to look at discrepancies and harmonise them before forwarding the clean copy to the Presidency.

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) Establishment Bill passed in 2022 by the two chambers was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on   Nigerian Army, Senator Ali Ndume while that of the House of Representatives was sponsored by the Chief Whip, Rt Hon Mohammed Monguno.

Sources at the National Assembly confided in our correspondent that the harmonisation would be completed before the national lawmakers proceed on campaign recess next week.

One of the lawmakers who did not want his name mentioned said that the harmonised copy of the Bill would reach President Buhari’s table early enough so as to quicken Presidential Assent to it.

The Bill, among others, seeks to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps as a body charged with the responsibility to develop, empower and provide gainful employment to youths, facilitate peace, volunteerism,, Community Service, Neighborhood Watch and Nation building.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria established over 24 years ago under the National Commandant, Professor Dickson Ameh Akoh is incorporated in Nigeria under the Company and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act and accorded the federal government recognition through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.