Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017


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The Ondo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Saturday (September 10, 2017), conferred on the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd.), the Niger Delta Ambassador of Peace Award, as a side event of the Second Niger Delta Council Meeting, hosted in Akure, capital of Ondo state, in recognition of his pragmatic peace building initiatives in the Niger Delta region, since assuming office two years ago.

Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd.)

Giving reasons for the award on the Amnesty Coordinator, Ondo State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. James Sowole said Council arrived at the decision to  honour Gen. Boroh, after  going through some  of his activities in the Amnesty Office, particularly, the human capacity building programmes in health, sports, agriculture, automobile, tourism and hospitality, aviation, among several vocational programmes, adding that the council was impressed with the establishment of a liaison office and a 24hrs call centre, with a view to connecting with the people at the grassroots.

The NUJ chairman, who described Gen. Boroh as Mr. Peace in the Niger Delta, appealed for support in the areas of facilitating specialized trainings for journalists in peace journalism, while assuring the Special Adviser of the council’s full cooperation in reporting activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the region, particularly in Ondo state.

Responding, Gen. Boroh, who dedicated the award to God, thanked the council for finding him worthy for the recognition as Niger Delta Ambassador of Peace, at a time when the region is being stabilized to allow for meaningful infrastructural development to take place, noting that the successes so far recorded in the Presidential Amnesty Programme were made possible because of the strong commitment President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated towards achieving sustainable peace and development in the Niger Delta region.

He said the amnesty programme has entered its third phase, being reintegration, after completing the disarmament and demobilization stages, pointing out that the federal government’s huge investment in peace building and stabilization in the Niger Delta were well intended, adding that no amount of funds is too much to achieve sustainable peace in the region.

Gen. Boroh promised to support journalists in the Niger Delta region to enable them report events in the region better, reiterating that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of conflicts.

He therefore called on the people of the region, particularly, the youths to key into the new vision of the federal government and embrace peace in order to achieve meaningful development.

Facts Compile/Written By Gbaboyor Jude & Piriye Kiyaramo

For Head, Media and Communication Department

September 8, 2017.


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