Buhari refuses to sign Peace Corps bill into law

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President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld assent to the proposed Peace Corps of Nigeria establishment bill which was passed and forwarded to him by the National Assembly last year.

The President conveyed his rejection of the bill in a letter which the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, read to members during plenary on Tuesday.

 

Buhari cited security concerns and financial burden of funding the organisation by the government as his reasons for rejecting the bill, positing that funding the organisation will be a financial burden on the federal government in view of “scarce government resources”.

 

The bill seeking to turn the non-governmental organization into a government parastatal has been widely anticipated by many Nigerians who believe the creation of the Peace Corps of Nigeria will help address the high unemployment rate in the country.

 

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