Published On: Tue, Mar 14th, 2017

Niger Delta: Why Buhari picked Osinbajo to lead FG team -Boroh

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s choice as leader of the government’s fact-finding delegation to the crisis-ridden Niger Delta region is informed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategic plan to engender peace in the region.

Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), who made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday, said the positive impacts of the visit are already being felt in the country as Osinbajo’s hands-on approach reassures the people of government’s commitment to resolve the crisis in the region.

Boroh, who is also the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, said efforts are being made to pay beneficiaries of the programme studying abroad and whose fates are hanging in the balance due to inability to meet their financial obligations in the various countries.

He said though the Amnesty Office would have to offset a lot of liabilities when funds allocated to it are eventually released, priority would be given to the foreign beneficiaries especially those who would soon be graduating.

The visit, he noted, would meet the President’s expectations of not only building confidence among the people on government’s intentions but also a fact-finding mission that would pave way for a workable and lasting solution.

Boroh said: “President Muhammadu Buhari knew what he was doing when he directed the Acting President to head the delegation. You need to see him in action as we visit different communities in the oil-producing states.

“There is no doubt that the President knows that peace in the Niger Delta region is crucial to the development of the entire country.  The visit of the acting President to the Niger Delta is in phases to cover all Niger Delta states. We have so far visited Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States. The next phase will be Cross River, Abia and Ondo States. By that we would have covered the entire Niger Delta states.

“This visit is in two folds. It is both a confidence-building and a fact-finding mission because a lot of information has been heard about the Niger Delta but no single person can claim to know all about the Niger Delta. It requires the common effort by all towards ensuring the issues of the Niger Delta are resolved. The information will be collated and we will sit back and resolve on how best to tackle the information we get, for the immediate, short and long term.”

Boroh, while explaining that the Amnesty Office daily deals with false allegations made against it by some aggrieved youth who crave to benefit from the programme, noted that the progamme is at the integration phase and it would be difficult for it to accommodate new entrants who were not captured when the amnesty offer was in place.

“As for those abroad whose fees are not yet paid, it is an immediate concern of the amnesty program and the entire country as a result of our the downturn in our economy, We have a lot of liabilities but the Amnesty Office try to offset these liabilities as we receive funds. We are prioritising based on those graduating soon. We handle them first and later handle those graduating in the nearest future. It is on course. When the next resources we are expecting get to us, we will offset all the debts,” he said.

 

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