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The Senate on Tuesday, passed the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2020.

The bill sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) was passed following the consideration of a report by the Committee on Interior.

Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar (Kwara North), in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Kashim Shettima, said the panel consolidated the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill and National Unity Corps Bill into one for “ease of advancing its work.”

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Sadiq noted that the Nigerian Peace Corps bill seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services, neighbourhood watch and nation-building. 

He explained that the Corps would have the responsibility of training the youths to advance the course of peace-building and conflict transformation through peace education, mediation, and conflict resolution among warring groups and communities where there are crisis in Nigeria. 

According to the lawmaker, “the bill when given legislative support will be of great benefit to the Nigerian youths as many of them will be gainfully employed through the establishment of the Corps.”

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The Peace Corps Bill had in 2017, been passed by the 8th National Assembly following a long battle between the organisation and the security agencies.

President Muhammadu Buhari however withheld his assent to the bill in February 2018, citing security concerns, duplication of existing security agencies, and the financial burden of funding the organisation by the government as reasons for his refusal.

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Similarly, the Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the Federal College of Education Akon, Kwara (Establishment) Bill.

The bill was passed after the chamber considered a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund. 

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Senator Tolulope Odebiyi (APC, Ogun West), who presented the bill on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina North), said the institution would identify the educational needs of teachers and special persons, both physically and mentally challenged.

This he noted is with a view to finding a lasting solution to deficits in career teachers and special instructors while achieving the National Educational Development Plan.

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