The House of Representatives on Thursday commenced debate on President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to a bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps to develop, Empower and Provide Gainful Employment for the Youth.
The session which lasted for over two hours with large number of lawmakers present was kicked against after a heated debate.
The lawmakers who took turns to speak on the bill said reasons given by President Muhammad Buhari was not tenable and will not address issues at hand such as insecurity in the country especially in the North East.
Other lawmakers who kicked against the President’s reasons include Representative Tahir Mungono from Borno State, Abdulrazq Namdas from Adamawa State Bukar Goni from Yobe State, Remamande Shewulu from Taraba State and the mover of the debate Oker Jev among others.
Meanwhile Representative Ahmed Idris from Plateau State, Johnson Agbonayinma, Edo State, Babashir Balle from Kano State all lauded President Buhari’s refusal on the grounds of funding and duplication of functions .
However Representative Chika Adamu urged members to treat the matter with caution and urged the Peace Corp to continue to operate as private entity.
The bill was put to a voice vote with Nays having their way.
The Peace Corps bill in contention also seeks to Facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Service, Neighborhood watch and Nation building.