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N’assembly may override Buhari if he withholds assent on Peace Corps bill, says senator

N’assembly may override Buhari if he withholds assent on Peace Corps bill, says senator
February 22
08:53 2018
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Mao Ohuabunwa, senator representing Abia north, says he expects President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Peace Corps of Nigeria bill into law.

The bill was sent to the president for assent after it was passed by the national assembly in July.

Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Ohuabunwa said there is no reason for the president not to sign the bill.

The senator said those employed by the corps could be trained to gather intelligence that would keep the country safe.

“Speaking to the fact, I don’t really see the president withholding his assent,” he said.

“This is the people’s bill. This is a bill that will create employment for the youth and remember, when we were discussing insecurity, I made an allusion to the fact that, even this young men and women can be trained as intelligent officers like we have seen. Security now has gone beyond machete and guns, we need a lot of intelligence, technology.

“These guys can be trained and I think this is also an avenue to reduce not only employment but even underemployment. I want to believe that the president will jump at this and definitely assent to this bill.”

The senator said if the president refuses to sign the bill, the national assembly may choose to veto it.

“If the contrary happens, there is always a channel of communication, he will send it back to us then we definitely know what to do from there,” he said.

“I don’t want to preempt, but if it is true the president has withheld his assent, then we have our statutory responsibility either to veto or override the president[ial] veto.”

Ohuabunwa added that if the police continue to prevent the corps from using its office, he would bring up the matter in the senate.

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  1. hamza
    hamza February 22, 18:36

    Well done sir! An organisation like peace corp plays a vital role in bridging d gap btw our idle youths and d elites of d society by mobilizing dem and enlightening dem wit knowledge of patriotism and discipline which will instill in dem qualities dat will make dem 2moro’s leaders through Intelligence gathering, community service, Neighbourhood watch as well as conflict resolution instead of been wasteful youths who wud indulge in hard drugs dat influence dem in2 criminal tendencies dat make dem a negative impact 2 d society and nation at large. May d lord continue 2 guide u as u champion d great course for d betterment of nigerian youth and d positive growth of our nation’s future leaders. I hop president buhari wud see reason not to delay his assent anymore 4 d sake of dis youths who looks up to him 2 do somtin meaningful 4 dem dat wud hav a positive impact 4 generations to come and not programs like npower which wud be ineffective as soon as anoda administration assumes office.

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