The bill seeking the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps has finally arrived President Muhammadu Buhari’s table for assent.
President Buhari special adviser on Senate, Ita Enang confirmed this in Abuja on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Enang said copies of the bill, tagged ‘Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017, were transmitted to President Buhari late last week by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Sani Omolori.
“The peace corps bill has just been forwarded to the president and it is undergoing the standard procedure,” he said.
Enang said if the bill is signed, the president will retain one copy and return the remaining two copies to the National Assembly for further action.
When assented, the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017, will give legal backing to the establishment of Peace Corps of Nigeria.
The bill will also allow all serving members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, both regular and volunteers, to be absolved into the Nigerian Peace Corps at commencement.
Police vs Peace Corps
Recall that the Nigerian police had stormed the Peace Corps headquarters on February 17, 2017 and arrested the head of the organisation, Dickson Akoh, and about 49 other members.
The police accused Akoh of using the Peace Corps, registered as a non-governmental organisation, to swindle young job seekers -- of the sum of N40,000 -- and operate as a para-military agency.
Akoh pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.
The Federal High Court in Abuja subsequently ordered the Nigeria Police to unseal the headquarters of the Peace Corps and pay N12.5 million as damages.
The Peace Corps headquarters is still under locks.