House of Representatives Reintroduces Peace Corps Bills, Inspite of Buhari’s Rejection
The Nigerian House of Representatives, on Wednesday, reintroduced a Bill for an Act to establish Nigerian Peace Corps, which was recently rejected by President Muhammad Buhari.
Spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, had Wednesday last week, informed National Assembly Correspondents that, the lower chamber was going to review the Peace Corps Bill and others, which were considered as popular Bills but were rejected by the Presidency.
At the plenary of Wednesday, the Bills were gazetted and passed first reading by the lawmakers.
Aside the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, 2018 (HB. 89) which was being sponsored by Hon. Faruk Abdullahi); the House also regazetted the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (HB. 966) and sponsored by Hon. Karimi Steve Sunday and 7 others.
The controversial amendment Bill to the Electoral Act was rejected by the President last week.
But Namdas, while briefing newsmen last week, said the House agreed with the President on two, out of the three reasons given for withholding assent to the Bill.
The House therefore, resolved to regazette the Bill with the intention to remove the two controversial clauses raised by Buhari.
Other Bills which scaled first reading include the Police Procurement Fund Establishment Bill, the Currency Conversion (Freezing Orders) Act (Amendment) Bill, Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria Bill and the Chartered Institute of Public Management of Nigeria Bill.
Also passed first reading on Wednesday are, Environmental Health Officers (Registration, etc) Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, Chartered Institute of Exports and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria Bill and the Chartered Institute of Treasury Management (Establishment, etc.) Bill, sponsored Hon. Emmanuel Orker-Jev.
Other Bills that passed first reading also include, Nigerian Institute for Social Work (Establishment, etc) Bill, Federal University, Wukari Establishment Bill, Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief), Intimate Image Protection Bill 2018 and Federal University of Agriculture, Jalingo establishment Bill.
Also included are, Ajaokuta Steel Company Completion Fund Bill, 2018, Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act amendment Bill, Aso Villa Hospital Abuja establishment Bill, Federal University of Agriculture, Igbara Odo, Ekiti establishment Bill, Federal College of Education, Gbongan, as well as Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Repeal and Enactment) Bill.