Published On: Thu, Sep 15th, 2016

Protect The Amnesty Programmme, as Gen. Boroh Commends Imo Govt.

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amnesty-office-logoPress Statement.

September 15, 2016.

The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programmme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has advised students on Amnesty scholarship to protect the Programme rather than endanger it.  Reacting to some students studying abroad  who complain about a six-week delay in their In-Training-Allowances or delay in  returning home, General Boroh said such minor delays should not be a basis for protests or agreeing to be used to write frivolous petitions against the Programme. He said the Amnesty Office has sent all such allowances and that any delay is due to the process of foreign exchange transfer.

General Boroh, who emphasized that the Programme is not owing school fees, said that what is required of the students is for them to study and return to contribute to the development of the Niger Delta and the country.  He said that rather than listen to people who seek to politicize the Amnesty Programme for their private gains, the students should seek creative means of contributing to the stabilization of the Region. The Amnesty Coordinator commended the Buhari administration for sustaining the Programme and giving special consideration to its requirements.

The Amnesty Coordinator argued that while crisis and insecurity in the Niger Delta will affect the economy of the country, the people in the Region stand to be more affected because investors will not be comfortable investing in an area they consider unstable.

On some students who have graduated in St Kitts in August  and are yet to return, he said the affected persons  know that the delay is due to France insisting that they get  transit visa which is not available in that country. He said arrangements have been completed to bring them back on September 19 and 22.

In another development, General Boroh commended the Imo State Government for facilitating the disarmament of hundreds of militants in the State. He commended Governor Rochas Okorocha and the ex-agitators for the disarmament Programme and urged the State Government to follow through the programme to the full reintegration of the ex-agitators into society adding that the Federal Government alone cannot execute such a programme. He urged other states to emulate the Imo and Benue State Governments who are conducting such exercises to ensure peace, stability and development in the country.

 

Owei Lakemfa.

Media & Communication Consultant,

Presidential Amnesty Programme.

 

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