The National Commandant of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Professor Dickson Akoh says the grey areas in the Peace Corps Bill, which prevented it from being signed into law by the President, have been addressed.

Professor Akoh was addressing newsmen in Abuja on the bill recently passed by the National Assembly.

He said the bill was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Nigerian Army, Senator Ali Ndume and the House Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Monguno.

According to the commandant, the Bill seeks to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps with the responsibility to “develop, empower and provide gainful employment” to youths, facilitate peace, volunteerism, community service, neighbourhood watch and nation-building.

He said the Bill, when assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, would give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria.

The Peace Corps of Nigeria was established over 24 years ago and Incorporated in Nigeria under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and accorded Federal Government recognition through the Federal Ministry of Youth Development.

Reps pass Bill

Meanwhile, The House of Representatives has passed the Peace Corps Bill for the third reading.

The Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Nkiruka Onyejeocha moved the motion for the third reading during plenary.

She said the Corps would facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services, neighbourhood watch and nation building and related matters.

Sandra Udeike and Ibrahim Shehu

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