Senate Passes Peace Corps Bill, Two Others
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 passed into law the Nigerian Peace Corps
(Establishment) Bill, 2022.
The passage of
the Bill was sequel to the presentation of its report by the Committee on
Interior for consideration.
The Bill was sponsored by Sen. Ali Ndume (Borno
Sadiq Umar (Kwara North), while presenting the report on behalf of Interior Committee
Chairman Sen. Kashim Shettima, said the panel consolidated the Nigerian Peace
Corps Bill and National Unity Corps Bill into one for “ease of advancing its
said the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill seeks to empower, develop and provide
gainful employment for the youths, facilitate peace, volunteerism, community
services, neighbourhood watch and nation-building.
that the Corps would have the responsibility of training the youths to advance
the course of peace-building and conflict transformation through peace
education, mediation and conflict resolution among warring groups and communities
where there are crises in Nigeria.
added that, “the Bill when given legislative support will be of great benefit
to the Nigerian youths as many of them will be gainfully employed through the establishment
of the Corps”.
In a related development,
the Senate has also passed the Nigerian Hunters Council Bill 2022. The Bill’s passage was sequel to the presentation of its report by the
Committee on Interior.
Sadiq Umar (Kwara North), while presenting the report on the legislation, said
the Hunters Council when established would, among others things, prevent and
detect crimes and other illegal activities going on in the country’s forests.
He stated that
the body would work with the Police and Security Agencies by making available
any relevant information on criminals’ encroachment, as well as partner with
relevant stakeholders on Community Policing.
Red Chamber has also passed a Bill to establish the Federal College of
Education Akon, Kwara.
The Bill was passed
after the chamber considered its report. The report was presented before the
Senate by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund.
Odebiyi (Ogun West), while presenting the report on behalf of the Committee
Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), said the institution would
identify the educational needs of teachers and special persons, both physically
and mentally challenged, with a view to finding lasting solution to deficits in
career teachers and special instructors while achieving the National
Educational Development Plan.
Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, FAI, FIMC, CMC, FCP, Fsca
Special Assistant (Press)
To President of the Senate
Tuesday, April 12, 2022.