Presidential Amnesty Programme
Presidential Amnesty Programme

Presidential Amnesty Programme
Presidential Amnesty Programme

Special adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul T. Boroh (rtd) has declared that present administration has blocked all leakages in the amnesty programme.
Gen. Boroh who stated this in Abuja at the weekend while fielding questions from journalists, said against the background of clear attempts at misinforming the public, the Amnesty programme, under the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari has moved the programme from one of just training to empowerment.
“We have cleansed the Agency’s books and in the process weeded off a lot of interests which exposed the office to funds mismanagement and leakage in the past. So we understand clearly why misinformation is going on in some quarters but the truth remains that we know we are stepping on toes but we won’t be distracted as under the present administration, the direct beneficiaries of the programme are our priority as that ensures stability in the region.
“Unfortunately for us, those who hitherto made this place their points and means of livelihood are finding it difficult to come to terms with our innovations and ideas and hence the fight back through misrepresentation and twisting of facts.
“We are helping the youths in this region to begin to think out of the box and look beyond oil and gas and become practically futuristic and hence the trainings, sensitisation and empowerment that they are receiving from us now,” Gen Boroh stated.
General Boroh expressed satisfaction with the successes of the Federal Government’s programme on amnesty, saying it has tremendously aided in bringing stability and peace to the region.
He emphasized tha the resort to due process and accountability in the conduct of affairs of the Programme, a feat which has made it possible for the agency to pay the bills and entitlements of ex- agitators as at when due and also divest into other areas of sustaining and empowering the youths of the region, has further entrenched the success of the programme.
”The Amnesty Programme is on course and has so far achieved it’s mandate of stabilising the peace in the Niger Delta region even as some disgruntled persons are spreading misleading information. The public should disregard these information aimed at causing disaffection as they are baseless.
“Several committees set up on our resumption of duty have made far reaching recommendations which are being applied to the later. For instance aside massively reducing the number of consultants tied to the programme, we have moved from the past and instilled a proper and verifiable database which has become the basis for all our activities unlike in the past where there was no coherent and reliable database,” Gen. Boroh stated.
While thanking President Buhari for his continued support to the programme, the Special Adviser stated that as part of its efforts at smoothening communication between the office and vast number of ex-agitators under its care, it had not only established offices in the nine states covered by the programme but also opening up offices in the nation’s foreign missions abroad for easy coordination and goals delivery.
Boroh said that not only has massive verifiable debts incurred since 2012 been cleared, but that the Amnesty office has since moved to start the empowerment of ex-agitators in addition to the regular training of subjects under the office who are regularly monitored by the agency.
He called on the people of the Niger Delta to continue to support the present administration ‘ s commitment to bring succour and make life meaningful to the Niger Delta youth and region despite the harsh economic challenges of the time.


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