The move to get the Nigeria Peace Corps recognised and regularised as one of the federally funded outfits in the country, got a boost in the National Assembly with calls for passage of its establishment bill by various stakeholders.
Support for passage of the Peace Corps Establishment Bill, came to the fore during public hearing carried out on it and three others by the Senate Committee on Interior.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kashim Shettima in his opening remarks said the reason behind the legislative proposal among others, is to reposition and streamline the Institutional framework of the organization by strengthening its capacity to provide community policing.
In doing this, according to Shettima, the Nigeria Peace Corps when officially recognised and regularised by government through passage of its establishment bill, would offer community service to the citizenry, develop, empower and provide gainful employment for the youths.
“This bill is very important in view of the fact that the Federal Government had made frantic efforts in curbing the menace of insecurity , terrorism , banditry , cattle rustling , kidnapping and other vices across Nigeria , without expected return of peace in our land”, he stressed.
In his presentation, the founder of the Corps, Professor Dickson Akor, said the major reason for setting up the organization in 1998 is to serve as veritable platform for youth engagement and productivity in the society as against different vices , many of them are indulging in now .
Earlier, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in a remark before declaring the public hearing session open, said observations made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the earlier bill refused assent during the 8th National Assembly , have been taken care of, so as to prevent such re – occurrence.