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LATEST: Finally, Senate Passes Peace Corps Bill, Two Others

The Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2020 was passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

Following the Committee on Interior’s assessment of a report, the measure was passed.

Senator Ali Ndume is the bill’s sponsor (Borno South).

In a presentation on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, Kashim Shettima, Senator Sulieman Sadiq Umar (Kwara North) said the panel merged the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill and the National Unity Corps Bill into one for “ease of furthering its work.”

According to him, the Nigerian Peace Corps law aims to empower, develop, and offer meaningful employment for young people, as well as promote peace, volunteering, community service, neighborhood watch, and nation-building.

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He said that the Corps will be in charge of educating youngsters to advance the course of peace-building and conflict transformation among warring groups and communities in Nigeria via peace education, mediation, and conflict resolution.

“The bill, if granted parliamentary approval, will be of immense value to Nigerian youngsters since many of them will be gainfully employed via the founding of the Corps,” the legislator said.

In a similar event, the Nigerian Hunters Council Bill was also passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

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The bill’s approval followed the Committee on Interior’s examination of another report.

Senator Sulieman Sadiq Umar stated in his presentation that the Hunters Council, once constituted, will prevent and detect crimes and unlawful activities in the country’s woods, among other things.

He indicated that the organization will collaborate with law enforcement and security agencies by sharing any relevant information on criminal activity, as well as cooperate with key stakeholders on community policing.

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A measure to create the Federal College of Education in Akon, Kwara, was also passed by the parliament.

After considering a report from the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund, the measure was passed.

 

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Senator Tolulope Odebiyi (Ogun West), in a presentation on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), said the institution would identify the educational needs of teachers and special persons, both physically and mentally challenged, with a view to finding a lasting solution to deficits in career teachers and special instructors while achieving the National Educational Development Plan.

 

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