Civil Society Cautions Buhari Against Establishment Of Peace Corps

Civil Society Cautions Buhari Against  Establishment Of Peace Corps
Chris Steven, Abuja
A civil society organisation, Transparency  Advocacy International, (TAI) has  called on President
Muhammadu Buhari to jettison the planned establishment of Peace Corps of Nigeria as being
proposed by the National Assembly.
Executive Secretary of the group, Dr. Sam Obinna  Nnodim urged the federal government to avert what
he described as ‘unnecessary duplication of agency’, stating that the prevailing situation in the
country calls for a thorough reappraisal of functional economic policies in a period of
depression.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday , Nnodim said that one of the conspicuous draw
backs in effective and efficient service delivery in public institutions in the country is duplication or
overlapping of functions of some ministries and agencies.
He stated that the current economic downturn that the nation is experiencing makes the
implementation of the Oronsaye report very urgent.
“It is in this regard that the ongoing legislative process intended to create a new paramilitary
agency, the Peace Corps of Nigeria is, in our view, a contravention of President Buhari’s policy thrust
and what the Oronsaye report sets out to achieve,” he stated.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security
and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are equipped to do the job for which the corps is to be created,” he
said.
The leader of the group further noted that the cost of governance in Nigeria has been ranked among
the highest in the world, adding that the bloated bureaucracies created by the various arms of
government, as if in competition, have unwittingly underdeveloped the country for many years.
”This becomes even more pertinent as we recall that the 2016 fiscal budget of N6.08 trillion is
premised on an oil benchmark of $38 per barrel, N1.84 trillion borrowing, revenue projection of
N3.86 trillion, deficit of N2.22 trillion and a Debt-to-Gross Domestic Product ratio of 216 per cent.
‘’The reality on ground in the nation calls for a fiscal philosophy that would vigorously tackle
corruption, waste, inefficiency, poor governance and inequitable distribution of wealth.
‘’Cutting down the cost of governance and unnecessary wastage should be the focus if the
federal government is very serious about bringing down the cost,” he added.