Dino Melaye Urges Senate To Revisit Peace Corp Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to review his position in withholding assent on the bill to establish Peace Corps of Nigeria.

Senator Dino Melaye who raised the adoption of a Point of Order during plenary urged the senate to revisit the bill with a view to veto the president if he failed to rescind his rejection of the bill.

Recall that President Buhari had cited duplication of duty and funding challenges in declining assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.

Melaye however said that the bill should be given priority by Buhari. He said, “

The same thing happened when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) was to be established; there was also the same complaint that there was no money and all of that.

“But today we can see the advantages of the civil defence and how they have helped in safeguarding the government infrastructure.

“About 5.5 billion dollars was borrowed from euro bond; what part of it will the youths of this country benefit from?

“About one billion dollars is to be spent on security and how does this affect the youth of this country?

“Without fear or favour, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 16 years, borrowed N6 trillion and this government in three years, has borrowed N11 trillion but there is no specific programme that will empower the youth.