A Bill seeking the establishment of Nigerian Peace Corps has scaled through first reading in the House of Representatives.
The bill numbered: HB 89 was titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerian Peace Corps, NPC, to Empower, Develop and Provide Alternative Employment for the Youths, to Facilitate Peace, Community Services, Nation-Building and for Other Related Matters’.
It would be recalled that the NPC Bill had earlier scaled through Second Reading in both the House and the Senate in the 7th National Assembly but was inconclusive before the 2015 general elections.
The bill sponsored by Hon. Umar Abdullahi Faruk (Kebbi APC) is seeking for an Act to establish Nigerian Peace Corps in order to initiate and involve the youths in humanitarian services in Nigeria and around the globe.
Faruk said when passed into law, the bill would empower, develop and provide alternative employment for youths so as to facilitate peace, community services, nation building and other related matters.
Reacting to the re-introduction of the bill before the 8th National Assembly, the National Commandant of the NPC, Dr. Dickson Akor, expressed optimism that the bill would be passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.
“The NPC Act when promulgated will besides providing employment for over 800,000 Nigerian youths also substantially address social problems confronting them through their pre-occupation in meaningful and productive ventures where they will be economically relevant to themselves and the larger society.
The Nigerian Peace Corps, NPC, which has a governing board comprising of a chairman, representatives of Ministries of Youth Development, Employment, Labour and Productivity as well as the environment has as its motto: For National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development.

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