Pursuant to the recent development affecting the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill (NPC), a joint meeting of the Board of Trustees, National Executive Council and State Commandants was held in Abuja to brainstorm on the way forward for the Corps.
While addressing officers of the Corps, the National Commandant Amb. (Dr) Dickson A.O Akoh FCITr FCPA FNSIS, commends officers and men of the Corps for their continuous steadfastness and dedication, especially at this period the Corps is facing some challenges in respect to the Bill.
Recall that the House of Representatives recently reintroduced a Bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps (NPC) and nine (9) others which were declined assent by President Muhammudu Buhari GCFR. The NPC Bill which is considered as a popular Bill has been gazetted and passed first reading by the lawmakers. See this post
Dr Akoh while commending the patience of bonafide and dedicated officers of the Corps said, officers and Men need to be acquainted on the processes of overriding a Bill as enshrined in Section 58(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended which states; ‘’Where the President withholds his assent and the bill is again passed by each House by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required’’. This does not mean that the bill shall go through the rigorous processes required when a bill is introduced in the National Assembly for the first time.
He urged all state Commandants to enlighten officers and men in their respective commands on the mode of conduct and public outings, adding that redundant officers who are yet to have their documentation done and those that are yet to pay the 2018 Development levies will not be recognized as officers but Volunteers when the Bill eventually becomes law.
It is worthy of note that the second batch of materials which includes; pairs of Uniform, beret, Nigerian and Service badges, T-Shirts etc. are to be distributed across the State Commands, all bonafide members of the Corps who are yet to get theirs should visit their command.
Dr Akoh further urged all officers and stakeholders to remain calm and keep the hope alive as we are optimistic that there will be light at the end of the tunnel, adding that the struggle is not over yet as there is still hope for the Nigerian Youths.