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Presidential Amnesty Programme is a success – General Boroh

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Press Release on Presidential Amnesty Score Card

 

Sunday 22nd May, 2016.

 

Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has said the Amnesty Programme is a huge success. But he added that vandalism in the Region must be checked.

Speaking in Abuja on Friday while presenting the score card of the Amnesty Programmme, he said it is in the collective interest of the Niger Delta people to put a stop to the renewed attacks on oil installations.  He added that he is encouraged that the overwhelming majority of the people including stakeholders, youths, elders and leaders in the Region had pledged themselves to peace.

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Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd), Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme

General Boroh said under the Amnesty Programme, apart from 30,000 youths being paid monthly Stipends, 2,152 Niger Delta youths have been given full scholarship to study in 32 higher institutions abroad across five continents including Europe, United States, Asia and the Caribbean.

He said 2,723 youths from the Region have been given full scholarship to study in 32 Nigerian universities while 76 of them graduated from Novena University this year, a total of 728 beneficiaries are in their final year and are expected to graduate this Session.

The list include 405 from the Benson Idahosa University expected to graduate  June, 2016,   206 in Igbinedion University are expected to complete their studies in October this year, and 115 from Lead University, Ibadan are expected to graduate in August, 2016. He added that the expected graduates this session would save the Programme N1,237,370,500 which can be ploughed back to training a back log of beneficiaries.

The Amnesty Coordinator also informed that  85 Ex-Agitators were sent to countries like the US and St Kitts in the Caribbean for vocational training in various fields including diving, helicopter training and Flight Safety while 179 others had vocational training locally in areas including Marine, ICT, Rope Access and Fashion designing. All he said were successful in their training.

General Boroh said in the nine months he has been in Office, 836 ex-agitators have been fully empowered and set up in various businesses in  the  Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ondo, Imo and  Edo  States. The business starter- parks were given in areas like cassava milling, building materials, fish and poultry farming, timber saw mill, Cinematography, fashion, welding and fabrication. He added that with the exit of this category from the Programme, N652,080,000 will be  saved annually which can be used to empower another set of ex-agitators.

He said this marked human capital development and youth empowerment under the Amnesty Programme may be affected if the attacks on oil installations continue as the country’s income will plummet and there will be less funds for intervention agencies like the Amnesty Programme,  the Niger Delta Development Commission, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs among others.

General Boroh said the Amnesty Programme has been such an unqualified success  that some of the beneficiaries have been elected legislators in the Rivers and Bayelsa State Houses of Assembly as well as being Chairmen of Local Governments. He said the success of the Programme has swelled the ranks of thousands of armed youths seeking to lay down their arms and lead normal lives. He advised all in the Region with arms to submit them and ensure that peace reigns in the Niger Delta, which will attract development projects.

 

Owei Lakemfa.

Media & Communication Consultant

Presidential Amnesty Programme.

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