Deploy Peace Corps to VIPs in NASS, not Armed Police - Ndume - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Deploy Peace Corps to VIPs in NASS, not Armed Police - Ndume

Sen. Ndume

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Aliyu Ndume, has advised that the presence of Peace Corps officers around the lawmakers in the National Assembly would be more civil than the regular armed Police.

Ndume posited that the arrays of Police personnel attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs) and lawmakers in the National Assembly alone was enough to man the security of a state.

The lawmaker stated this on December 18, 2019, while briefing pressmen at the Senate Press Centre on the reason why he reintroduced the Bill for an Act to establish Nigerian Peace Corps.

The 8th National Assembly had passed the Bill and transmitted to President Muhammad Buhari before the expiration of the session.

But the President transmitted to both chambers on January 27, 2018, declining assent, citing paucity of funds and duplication of duties, as sole reasons.

The House of Representatives, through its chief whip, Hon. Mohammed Munguno, re-gazetted the Bill July 4, 2019, and it is at the final stage of passage.

Ndume, representing Borno South, also reintroduced the bill on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, 17th December, and it passed first reading.

Speaking on why he reintroduced the Bill, Ndume said, “last time we passed it in the 8th Senate, but Mr President declined assent to it. The reason preferred by Mr President is germane and it includes, the paucity of funds in the country, which we all agreed with.

Secondly, he said there were some kind of duplications of roles they are supposed to play and those of the already existing security agencies. The President did not say the idea of having a Peace Corps is not good.

“That is why I said it was important we look at the two issues raised by the President, by looking at the Bill again, so that we can harmonize their responsibilities with those of the security agencies”.

Speaking further, the lawmaker said, “if you look at the National Assembly, we have police here now that are deployed to VIPs or politically exposed persons, up to the number that can take care of a state or some local government areas, you can conveniently attach Peace Corps members to provide the basic security that we need, so that you don’t need to have a Senator walking around here with someone with a gun because these are somebody that people voted for.

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