Peace Corps of Nigeria Commandant, PCN, Amb. (Dr.) Dickson Akoh has stated that the bill to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps is still on course and not dead as reported in the media.
According at a world press briefing reports from the media that stated that the bill is dead, as he described the reports “mischievous”, “highly misleading and a misrepresentation of facts”.
Speaking he said; “any discerning mind will know too that it is not the Bill itself that suffered a temporary setback via rejection, rather, it is the overriding process initiated by the House of Representatives.
“Therefore, without any fear of contradiction, let me say it loud and clear that the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bil is not dead as widely publicised, but still alive and on course.”
Akoh stated that the merits of the Bill and the socio-economic benefits enshrined therein for the Nigerian youth and the nation at large, which he said, were the reasons why both chambers of the National Assembly overwhelmingly supported and passed the Bill in the first place.
According to Akoh, he said there was “a deliberate gang up against the Bill and its good intentions were highly misrepresented by those who have access to Mr. President”, adding that, it was on that premises that the President withheld his assent.
The Peace Corps Boss expressed disappointment over lawmakers who voted against the overriding process on Thursday, saying it was “a clear case of approbate and reprobate”, which he said was caused by “subtle threats anchored on political interests”.
He said, “the youths now know their enemies as the members who spoke against the overriding only succeeded in trading this all-important youth friendly Bill on the altar of securing re-election tickets”.
While appreciating the “patriotism” of those who spoke and voted in favour of the Bill, Akoh said the organisation would remain grateful to the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the leadership of the House of Representatives for standing by the Bill.
Akoh expressed hope that “the politically-motivated challenge” currently facing the Corps would still be resolved, stressing that, the President would look into it and recall the Bill for assent.
Akoh called on the officers of the Corps to remain calm and law abiding, as he assured the public that, like the ‘Freedom of Information Act’, the Peace Corps Bill, which has already been passed by the National Assembly, would be assented to, sooner than later.