The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill has been passed into law by the Senate on Thursday, thereby giving approval for the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps as an agency under the Ministry of Interior.
The Nigerian Peace Corps Bill among others, seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighbourhood Watch and Nation-building.
As recommended, the Head of the Corps shall be referred to as Commandant-General (CG) with six Deputy Commandant – General (DCGs) and six Assistant Commandant – General (ACGs), drawn from the six geopolitical zones which should reflect the Federal Character principle.
Senate Committee on Interior led by Senator Bayero Nafada recommended that the Nigerian Peace Corps and the National Unity and Peace Corps should be merged as one, since both formations appear the same.
During the committee’s report presentation on the floor of the Senate, the committee chairman, Senator Nafada urged the Senate to support the passage of the bill, because the organisation will be of great benefit to Nigerian youths.
Senator Nafada said there is a need to develop comprehensive, multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholders and inclusive approaches in response to the to increasing complexity of the factors responsible for insecurity and the method by which peace and security is being undermined in Nigeria.
According to Nafada, the committee received 237 written memoranda and numerous oral submissions from government ministries, traditional institutions, religious bodies, academia, NGOs, other various interest groups and individuals.
He disclosed that two 219 of the written memoranda received and most of the oral presentations at the hearing supported the establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps while Fourteen (14) supported the establishment of National Unity and Peace Corps.