The National Assembly has transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari the harmonised version of the bill on Nigerian Peace Corps after passage by both the Senate and the House of Representatives
Transmission of the bill for Presidential assent by the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Sani Magaji Tambuwal as gathered by our reporter was done on Wednesday this week via a letter written to that effect
The letter according to a source in the National Assembly, written on leter head of the CNA, was dated 12th April, 2023 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari
Three authenticated copies of the bills, the source added, were forwarded to the President for assent, one of which is expected to be retained by him and the other two, sent back to the National Assembly for further action.
In line with provisions of the 1999 Constitution, President Buhari is expected to assent to the bill on or before 11th May, 2023 which falls within the 30 days window, given for such important action, must have been exploited .
The Bill, If assented to, will bring about a transition from the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria that had been operating on the template of volunteerism over the years, to become a Federal Government owned and funded Agency in the name of Nigeria Peace Corps.