Osinbajo, Saraki, pledge more support for Niger Delta amnesty programme

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, have commended the training in the Presidential Amnesty Programme under its coordinator, Paul Boroh.

They said the achievements so far recorded in the programme were proofs that the future was bright for the country. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Ade Ipaye, at a reception organised by the Presidential Amnesty Office in collaboration with the Nigerian High Commission in London, validated the educational components of the programme.

He pointed out that the essence of the Amnesty’s scholarship scheme was to create a balance in education and entrepreneurship towards achieving sustainable economic stability in the Niger Delta region.

He, therefore, urged beneficiaries to apply the various skills acquired during their studies to establish viable enterprises. Saraki, who was represented by Philip Aduda, expressed confidence in the Amnesty Programme and urged the delegates to remain resilient, focused, calm and supportive of the government. While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the Amnesty Programme, he praised Boroh for his objectivity and foresight in the implementation of its reintegration phase.

He charged the students to remain peace ambassadors by promoting harmonious co-existence with others and keeping bilateral agreements wherever they find themselves. Speaking, Boroh described the event as the presentation of some of Nigeria’s best talents..

He said their impressive performance was made possible through the leadership style and support of President Buhari, who ensured adequate release of funds to the Amnesty Office.

He lauded Osinbajo for his efforts at reaching out to the Niger Delta people on fact finding and conflict resolution to achieve peace and security, stating that “peace is expensive to achieve but succeeding requires consistent collaboration among government, communities, stakeholders, groups and individuals”.

]Responding, Nwaoboshi said, the challenges of the programme were not signs of abandonment and assured the students that the Federal Government always has their interest at heart.

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