Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,
Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd)has revealed that 30, 000 youths are currently under the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh stressed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to peace in the Niger Delta region and sustainable development of the region.
Boroh, who spoke in Abuja while playing host to the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), also expressed the commitment of the federal government to the amnesty programme and the economic empowerment of youths in the region.
The special assistant said there was an urgent need for all stakeholders in the Niger Delta to collaborate for the development of the region.
“Change has come to Nigeria and that change has come to Niger Delta region,” he emphasized that there cannot be development without peace and that is why all stakeholders must collaborate.
“From time to time we need to create a platform to interact and exchange ideas, even review our programmes. It is only by so doing that we can learn from each other, otherwise our efforts may not be commensurate with our results. We are bound to duplicate programmes,” he stated.
The Niger Delta Amnesty Programme was initiated by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua GCFR, on June 25, 2009, after he proclaimed a 60-day unconditional amnesty period for militants in the Niger Delta, as a step towards resolving the protracted insecurity in the region.
Godswell Clark – Abuja
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