President declines assent on Peace Corp Establishment Act 

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent on the Peace Corps Establishment Act 2017.

The act is to legalize the establishment and operation of an organization to promote peace as well as security In Nigeria.

In a letter to the House of Representatives, President Buhari cited security concern and financial implications as reasons for his action.

He said the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps will undertake activities currently being performed by other Security agencies.

The letter also expressed concern about funding the establishment and operations of the corps that might pose serious challenge to the government.

“Specifically, reasons for the decision to decline assent to this bill include among others:
Security concern regarding the proposed Peace Corps being author to undertake activities currently being performed by extant Security and law enforcement agencies.

Financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources may pose serious challenge to the government.” The President said in the letter.

 

 

Aisha JM