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The National Assembly seems hell-bent on making sure the bill sees the light of the day
Nigerian federal legislators say they are ready to override the president to ensure the bill sees the light of the day
The National Assembly, on Friday, February 16, said it would not hesitate to invoke the relevant session of the Nigerian 1999 constitution, and override the executive powers of President Muhammadu Buhari, if he does not eventually assent to the bill establishing Nigerian Peace Corps.
The Senate had passed the Peace Corps Bill on November 25, 2016, shortly after the House of Representatives passed same.
A conference committee of both chambers was also inaugurated on December 8, 2016, to harmonise the bill passed at different levels.
President Buhari’s delay in signing the Peace Corps bill seems to have infuriated federal legislators. Photo credit: State House
The lower house therefore, laid and adopted its report on January 19, 2017, while the Senate adopted its report on July 25, 2017.
The clean copy of the bill marked ‘Nigerian Peace Corps (Establishment) Bill 2017’ was then transmitted to the presidency on December 27, 2017, by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, after 3 months.
President Buhari has however kept mute on whether the bill would be assented to or not.
In a chat with a national newspaper this week, the spokesman for the House of Representatives, Honourable Abdulrazaq Namdas, said the members would wait patiently for President Muhammadu Buhari to write the National Assembly if he would not append his signature to the bill before deciding on the next step.
Namdas said the lawmakers were aware that the president was in the habit of giving reasons whenever he rejects a bill sent to him by the legislature.
“But if we wait up to a certain time and the usual excuses we expect of him does not come then the House may take a further