Rumors on going over some times now draw attention of all that Peace Corps Bill has been signed into law. The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, clarified on Sunday that the Nigeria Peace Corps Bill is yet to be presented to the President for assent according to media reports.
He said at the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja that the bill was yet to complete its legislative process at the National Assembly.
Quoting this reference as given by media reports: “I have heard some members of the public saying that the Petroleum Industry Bill has been passed and has not been assented to. Some said that the Peace Corp Bill has been passed and sent to the president and has not been signed or that it is already a law and people have started buying forms. Some said that they have started sowing uniform and that some states have started operations, as if Peace Corp, as if it were, is a law. I want to use this opportunity to say the Peace Corp legislative process has not yet been completed to the extent that it should be forwarded to the president. It has not been forwarded to the president and so, it is not yet pending for assent,’’ he said.
Mr. Enang therefore, advised the public not to be worried about the bill, and warned that anybody acting on the bill, whose legislative processes were yet to be completed, was illegal. Adding that: “The Bill processes have not been completed and it has not been forwarded to the president for assent to become law, and therefore, anything anybody does, using the bill is at the person’s risk.
Further that; “As an agency that has not been established, it cannot start operation; it cannot engage people, it cannot generate revenue unless and until it is established by law. Therefore, I will urge Nigerians not to be worried.
The Bill establishing the Corps, is said to have been sponsored by Bayero Nafada (APC-Gombe), was passed by the Senate in July, 2017, in a unanimous voice vote after the Chairman, Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
Progressively, it was gathered that David Umaru, presented report on issues surrounding adoption of the conference report on it. Details on the way as available.