We Will Veto Peace Corps Bill If president Muhammadu Buhari Refuses To Sign – Senate
The Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to review his stance for withholding assent on the Peace Corps bill sent to him on the establishment of the Peace Corps of Nigeria adding that they would veto the bill if the president refuses to assent. The senators made this known during its plenary session on Wednesday.
The resolve followed the adoption of a Point of Order raised by Senator Dino Melaye wherein he stated that president Muhammadu Buhari should give a priority to the bill.
NIGERIAN NEWS had reported that President Buhari had rejected the bill citing duplication of duty and funding challenges as a reason for declining assent to the Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill, 2017 recently passed by the National Assembly.
However, according to Dino Melaye, “the same thing happened when the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps 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 defense and how they have helped in safeguarding government infrastructure.”
“About $5.5bn was borrowed from euro bond; what part of it will the youths of this country benefit from? About $1bn is to be spent on security and how does this affect the youth of this country.”
“Without fear or favor, the Peoples Democratic Party, in 16 years, borrowed N6tn and this government in three years, has borrowed N11tn but there is no specific programme that will empower the youth.
“Also, N500bn was earmarked for the social investment programme of the Federal Government, but we have not seen any impact.”
“If the Peace Corps is given an opportunity to exist, thousands will be employed and this will help to fight unemployment in this country.”
“We may need to write Mr. President to review his position; if not, we have the power on behalf of the Nigerian youths who voted us to veto him so that people will become the ultimate beneficiaries of this bill.”
“The youth of this country must be given priority and they must be respected,’’ Melaye stated