After the decline to sign the Nigerian Peace Corps bill by the presidency which was passed by the National Assembly last week, the Nigerian Senate has adamantly refused to let this slide and is therefore prepared to battle it out with the presidency.
The Peace Corps is one of the most recognizable organizations in the world. The bill, if passed is meant to open up new possibilities for the Corps. However, the bill cannot work without the President’s signature and approval.
According to Dino Melaye, funds challenge should not be an excuse for not passing the bill as this should not be treated with levity but given high priority. He said;
“The same thing happened when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was to be established; there was also the same complaint that there was no money and all of that. But today we can see the advantages of the civil defence and how they have helped in safeguarding the government infrastructure. About 5.5 billion dollars was borrowed from euro bond; what part of it will the youths of this country benefit from. About one billion dollars is to be spent on security and how does this affect the youth of this country. Without fear or favour, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 16 years, borrowed N6 trillion and this government in three years, has borrowed N11 trillion but there is no specific programme that will empower the youth. Also, N500 billion was earmarked for the social investment programme of the Federal Government but we have not seen any impact”.
“If the Peace Corps is given an opportunity to exist, thousands will be employed and this will help to fight unemployment in this country. We may need to write Mr president to review his position if not we have the power on behalf of the Nigerian youths who voted us to veto him so that people will become the ultimate beneficiaries of this bill. The youth of this country must be given priority and they must be respected’’ he added.
Source: The Vanguard