Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Senate dumps Peace Corps bill

The Senate on Tuesday stepped down further consideration of the controversial Nigeria Peace Corps (NPC) bill.

Senator Bayero Nafada had presented the report of the Senate and House of Representatives on the bill to the upper legislative chamber.

Senator James Manager (Delta South) was the first to kick against further consideration of the bill.

Manager noted that due to several issues raised about the establishment of the Corps, “there is something hidden somewhere about this bill.”

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, also appealed for caution in going ahead with the bill.

Ekweremadu reminded the Senate that the promoter of the Nigeria Peace Corps has been having a running battle with the Federal Government.

He noted that the promoter of the Corps was charged with 90 count charge recently.

The Senate, he said, should not give a stamp of authority to a body the federal government considers a fraud until the truth about it is established.

He prayed the Senate to allow its committee on Judiciary to consider issues raised against the bill.

Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, also said the bill should be stepped down.

Akpabio said that legalizing the Corps is akin to legalizing MMM through which millions of Nigerian youths lost millions of naira.

He noted that most people knew that MMM was a fraud.

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