Peace Corps Bill Stepped Down At Nigerian Senate


SAN FRANCISCO, May 02, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Senate has stepped down the passage of the conference report on the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, over allegation of fraud in the recruitment exercise by the organisation which is being prosecuted in a court.

The suspension which happened on Tuesday followed the presentation of the committee on the bill chaired by Bayero Nafada. The bill sharply divided senators at the plenary.

Rather than take votes for the bill's passage for a third reading, senators, including the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, and minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, argued against its passage.

They cited the lawsuit involving the head of the peace corps and the police.

THEWILL recalls that both the Senate and the House of Representatives had separately passed the bill before the harmonisation of its provisions.