On Thursday, Senator Ali Ndume, The Chairman Senate Committee on Army disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is now conveniently declined to signing into Law the Peace Corps Establishment Bill presently before the Red Chamber.
Senator Ndume revealed that the discarded of the president to append the previous bill passed by the 8th National Assembly was  mainly caused by lack of fund and identical functions by security agencies.
The senator who revealed this at the Founder’s Day/ 22nd anniversary celebration held at the headquarters of the organization in Abuja, said that "the areas of conflict pointed out by President Buhari in the earlier bill have been removed and the aims and objectives of the Peace Corps of Nigeria clearly spelt out in the new bill."
Senator Ndume, who initiate the bill which has undergo second reading in the Red and Green chambers remarked that government ought to have initiated the bill of Peace Corps as done in other Chamber.
Senator Ndume urged the National Commandant of the Peace Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh and his officers and men not to be discouraged with the previous state of President Buhari.
“I have met with President Buhari and complained on his refusal to assent to the earlier bill but the president cited lack of fund and duplication of duties.
“I took time to explain in details the functions and aims of the Peace Corps especially in the area of mobilization of youths for national development and in the end the president has indicated positive response to assenting to the bill.
Senator Ndume said, “I am positive that the Peace Corps bill will be signed into law this time around by President Buhari so that its aims and objectives would be achieved”.
The Former Senate leader disclose that, Buhari had been alley the final stage of the Senate on the bill to allow him make some adjustment that will shun the past hazard.
The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Mongunu, also said that the Peace Corps bill was brought back for a news consideration because of its general importance to the national development and expressed optimism that Buhari will sign the bill that will soon be passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Mongunu said that the unity of Nigeria which is one of the cardinal points in the Peace Corps bill must be encouraged to prevent divisive tendencies among the youths and to galvanised their potentials as future leaders.
On his part, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, said that the conduct of security agents in the enforcing of the Covid-19 lockdown was being properly monitored to ensure that Nigerians are not unjustly treated, adding that about 209 cases of human rights abuses received by his commission are being investigated and would soon come out with the findings.
Ojukwu, whose keynote address was delivered by his special adviser, Okay Aku, appealed to Nigerians to bear the hardship caused by the Covid-19 lockdown, adding that it is in the interest of the general survival of the citizenry.
Earlier in a welcome address, the National Commandant, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, said that the organisation is fully on course towards attaining its core mandate which is to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths as well as to facilitate peace, volunteerism, community services and nation building.
Akoh explained that in the course of advancing volunteerism, officers and men of the organisation were deployed to states of the federation to compliment efforts of security agencies in enforcing the necessary lockdown imposed by the federal government.
The National Commandant, whose organisation also launched fund fair, appealed to friends, associates and public spirited members of the public to support the Peace Corps with funds to enable it continue with its act of volunteerism, humanitarian services and youth empowerment.

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