- The amnesty programme of the federal government is yielding good results
- Beneficiaries of the programme are being empowered worldwide
- A recent revelation shows that government's commitment to the programme is unshaken
The special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) says no fewer than 317 ex-agitators have graduated from different institutions in the U.S. and UK in 2017.
Boroh, who is also the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, disclosed this in New York on Friday, July 14 when he visited Professor Tijjani Bande, Nigeria’s Ambassador/Special Representative to the UN and the Deputy Ambassador Samson Itegboje.
The presidential aide explained that the amnesty programme was managing the 30,000 ex-agitators from the Niger Delta region.
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He said the programme, which started in 2009, had sponsored the beneficiaries in various skill acquisition, education and entrepreneurship trainings, among others.
According to him, the programme has helped greatly to stabilise the Niger Delta region, adding that the federal government is consolidating on the achievements to buoy the economy.
“This year alone, we have 177 graduates of the amnesty programme from the U.S. and 140 from the UK.
“By the end of this month, we would be going for the graduation in the UK; that of the U.S. has been on.
“The programme is on course; it helps greatly in stabilizing the situation in the Niger Delta region. I have also been working with the UN.”
Boroh, who was attending the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, said he was invited “to come and disclose what we are doing in the country, particularly in the Niger Delta on the SDGs issues.”
Bande, in his remarks, lauded the amnesty programme on its importance and achievements for the country from inception till date and commended Boroh for his achievements so far.
The Nigerian envoy said every well-meaning Nigerian was concerned about restiveness of youths wherever located.
“Every Nigerian, whether public official or private citizen, will like that you succeed in stabilising that restiveness.
“We are always aware of your activities around the UN system here. The High-Level Forum is an important event where you showcase what it is that you do.
“It’s also important to learn from others as regards what they are doing; I’m sure several other delegations will learn from your interactions with them.
“At the mission, we are always happy that officials come from Nigeria and deliver the best that we know Nigeria can deliver.
“Nigeria is a very important and great country but we all have a duty to work very hard everyday to improve for the benefit of not only our now but more importantly, the future generation of Nigerians,” Bande said. (NAN)
Meanwhile, a notable political figure in the Niger Delta, Chief Bernard Agai has said the economic diversification policy of the present administration is a northern agenda.
Chief Agai canvassed for full control of resources by the state and suggested that the states to pay revenue to the federal government.
“Let every state pay revenue to the federal government. If you know you cannot maintain a state, you can join another one. But they use our own oil money to diversify their economy,” he said.
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