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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Presidency re-organises Amnesty programme, to verify beneficiaries through biometric/Kinsmen advices



Abuja – Barely two weeks after his appointment as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) has begun the overhauling of the office with a view to making it more proactive and beneficial.

As a first step towards putting to an end the perennial problem of payment of stipends to their rightful owners, the Coordinator has ordered an immediate authentication of the actual number of such beneficiaries through a biometric data capturing exercise.

Similarly, Boroh has directed the office to harmonise all issues that affect the prompt payment of tuition fees of students and other trainees being sponsored by the PAP with immediate effect.

These directives were contained in a press release made available to Vanguard on Tuesday by the Chief of Staff to the Coordinator, Col. Dedis Abel (rtd).

The statement said that Boroh had also commenced the immediate re-organisation of the PAP in line with the President’s directive to reposition the office to engender sustainable peace and development in the Niger Delta.

The statement was however silent on the nature of the re-organisation and what had been changed under the new direction.

Hoever, in another story, Kinsmen of Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh(rtd.), the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Ex-militants in the Niger Delta, under the auspices of Trofani Patriotic Front (TPF), have urged him not to betray the confidence reposed in him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Chairman, Trofani Patriotic Front, Mr. Christopher Abarowei, who spoke with reporters on Monday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, described Brig-Gen. Boroh as a seasoned professional and an administrator, who has contributed immensely to the service of his fatherland.

Abarowei, who also lauded President Buhari for his forthrightness in appointing Boroh, urged the retired military officer to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new office in order to improve lives in the region.

“Boroh is a true Kabowei son who has the highest level of integrity and dedication to the growth of his fatherland and therefore will not misplace the confidence reposed in him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We implore the new coordinator to proactively address issues affecting the amnesty programme as it concerns the payments of tuition fees and other allowances, especially of youths studying abroad,” Abarowei said.

The chairman further advised the amnesty programme coordinator to adopt a proactive approach in dealing with issues affecting the region and asked the youths to promote peace and unity.

He said: “We also call on ex-militants and their leaders to give maximum cooperation to Boroh in his new assignment to make the Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaw nation, a peaceful and prosperous place to stay.

“When peace is achieved, the situation would help create investment opportunities for a better future.”

Abarowei said that while many participants of the amnesty programme may have several reasons to doubt its sincerity due to reported abnormalities in the past, the group was confident that Boroh would turn around the fortunes of the programme.

According to him, “Going by his thoroughbred background in criminology, security, peace building and conflict resolution, we are convinced that the youths of the region now have the best opportunity to excel under Boroh as coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

In the same vain, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), through its spokesman, Mr Eric Omare, has commended President Mohammadu Buhari, for appointing Boroh as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The apex Ijaw youth body noted that the emergence of Boroh as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme was an indication that the APC led-administration was sensitive to the plight of the Niger Delta region.

The IYC urged Boroh to take steps in ensuring that the outstanding tuition fees and allowances of beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, especially those studying abroad were paid to enable them complete their studies.

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