Published On: Sat, Mar 11th, 2017

FG, States are taking giant strides in Niger Delta – Boroh.

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Press Statement.

9th March, 2017

 

The Special Adviser to the President on the Niger Delta, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd.) has appealed to the Governments of the Oil Producing States to absorb the Amnesty Programme Beneficiaries from their respective State. He said in line with this appeal, the Edo State Executive Governor Godwin Obaseki has commenced moves to provide employment for the State’s Amnesty Beneficiaries. General Boroh observed this as a game changer in the resolution of youth restiveness in the Region.

Governor Obaseki’s move he said is: “A fundamental one in sustainably reintegrating aggrieved youths who six years ago, had taken the Amnesty offer of the Federal Government.”

The Presidential Amnesty Office has therefore made an immediate response to Governor Obaseki’s offer by submitting a list containing 1,416 Ex-Agitators including 213 Scholarship Graduates and 466 persons who need training and empowerment or employment.

The Special Adviser therefore urged the governments of other Oil Producing States to consider keying into the Programme by assisting their youths as the Presidential Amnesty Programme is not an open-ended one and all beneficiaries would have to eventually exit the Programme. He thanked the governments of the Oil Producing States for their unqualified and un-quantifiable support for the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

General Boroh said that the visit to Edo State by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo last Monday, further cemented the ties between the people in the Niger Delta Region and the Federal Government. He said that: “If the amount of empathy, concern and commitment to the people in the Niger Delta and their plight shown by the Buhari administration had been shown by past Governments, there would have been no reason for agitations in the Region. All what the people require and are asking for is basic development and understanding which is what the Buhari Administration is offering”

He also praised the Federal Government’s decision to get all contractors who have abandoned projects in the Region to go back to work and fulfill their contractual obligations.

General Boroh who is also the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme praised the Acting President Professor Osinbajo for the fatherly manner with which he handled the Town Hall Meeting in Edo State. He said the peaceful resolution of the youth’s protests which led to the continuation of the meeting is a positive lesson for leaders at various levels in the country.

 

Owei Lakemfa,

Media & Communication Consultant

Presidential Amnesty Programme

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