President Muhamamdu Buhari has declined assent to the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill
The president who disclosed this in a letter to the House of Representatives citied financial incapability as the major reason for his position on the peace corps bill. In his letter, read by the speaker Yakubu Dogara who presided over plenary,
According to the speaker the president observed that asides non availability of fund, the proposed agency will amount to duplication of duties.
The letter titled “Presidential decision to decline assent to Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly read thus:
“Pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the House of Representatives, my decision, on 25th January, 2018 to decline presidential assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.
“Specifically, reasons for the decision to decline assent to this bill include among others: “a. Security concerns regarding the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps being authorized to undertake activities currently being performed by extant security and law enforcement agencies; and “b. Financial implications of funding the establishment and operations of the proposed Nigerian Peace Corps, given the scarce financial resources may pose serious challenges to the government.
“Please, accept, Right Honorable Speaker, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
Both chambers of the National Assembly had passed the harmonised copy of the bill last year and forwarded it to the president for assent.