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Press Statement April 18, 2017

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) said the Amnesty Office has prepared the necessary documents to pay all the 2016 outstanding stipends and allowances to beneficiaries of the Programme.

He said all that is left is the necessary cash backing for the balance 2016 payments as the Amnesty office has concluded all arrangements with the Finance Ministry, the Budget Office, the Office of the Accountant General and the Central Bank. The Coordinator said that the Amnesty Office has received assurances that the necessary funds to pay the backlog of the 2016 stipend, training, education, vocation and empowerment of the beneficiaries will soon be released.

He further clarified that no payments for any part of 2017 is possible because the Budget for the current year is yet to be passed or signed into law.
General Boroh commended the exemplary conduct of the Amnesty beneficiaries in the trying times the Programme faced due to the paucity of funds and assured that the worst is over. He also assured that adequate provisions have been made in the 2017 Budget to ensure that the financial challenges are not experienced again. He advised the Amnesty beneficiaries to take advantage of the Federal Government’s focus on agriculture including the liberal loans like the Central Bank’s Anchor Borrowers Programme and those of the Bank of Industry. The Amnesty Office he said, also has its own set of agriculture and aquatic programmes and training which are being gradually expanded to encompass all the beneficiaries. Expatiating on this, General Boroh said “In line with the Amnesty Programme’s focus on agriculture, 400 beneficiaries will be empowered as farm owners. The multiplier effect will be the creation of 1,600 direct job opportunities for farm workers. Another 800 jobs will be created in the logistics and processing of the farm produce. This new employment is projected to generate N2.3 billion turn over per annum.”

The Special Adviser said that despite the financial challenges, the Amnesty Office in 2016 trained 208 beneficiaries in agriculture, 59 as Pilots and Aeronautical Engineers, 120 in Automobile, 70 in Electronics and 80 in Plastic Technology. He said in the same period, 146 beneficiaries were trained in Maritime, 36 in Scaffolding/Rigging, 25 in Transformer Repairs and Maintenance, 70 in ICT and 63 in Heavy Duty Equipment.
In education, General Boroh said a total of 1,135 Amnesty beneficiaries graduated from foreign and local universities with 34 of them graduating First Class and 105 in Second Class Upper Divisions.
He thanked the people of the Niger Delta for keying into the Peace and Development Programme of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Region.

Amnesty Office prepares to pay backlog of 2016 stipends and allowances –Boroh.The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) said the Amnesty Office has prepared the necessary documents to pay all the 2016 outstanding stipends and allowances to beneficiaries of the Programme. He said all that is left is the necessary cash backing for the balance 2016 payments as the Amnesty office has concluded all arrangements with the Finance Ministry, the Budget Office, the Office of the Accountant General and the Central Bank. The Coordinator said that the Amnesty Office has received assurances that the necessary funds to pay the backlog of the 2016 stipend, training, education, vocation and empowerment of the beneficiaries will soon be released.He further clarified that no payments for any part of 2017 is possible because the Budget for the current year is yet to be passed or signed into law.General Boroh commended the exemplary conduct of the Amnesty beneficiaries in the trying times the Programme faced due to the paucity of funds and assured that the worst is over. He also assured that adequate provisions have been made in the 2017 Budget to ensure that the financial challenges are not experienced again. He advised the Amnesty beneficiaries to take advantage of the Federal Government’s focus on agriculture including the liberal loans like the Central Bank’s Anchor Borrowers Programme and those of the Bank of Industry. The Amnesty Office he said, also has its own set of agriculture and aquatic programmes and training which are being gradually expanded to encompass all the beneficiaries. Expatiating on this, General Boroh said “In line with the Amnesty Programme’s focus on agriculture, 400 beneficiaries will be empowered as farm owners. The multiplier effect will be the creation of 1,600 direct job opportunities for farm workers. Another 800 jobs will be created in the logistics and processing of the farm produce. This new employment is projected to generate N2.3 billion turn over per annum.”The Special Adviser said that despite the financial challenges, the Amnesty Office in 2016 trained 208 beneficiaries in agriculture, 59 as Pilots and Aeronautical Engineers, 120 in Automobile, 70 in Electronics and 80 in Plastic Technology. He said in the same period, 146 beneficiaries were trained in Maritime, 36 in Scaffolding/Rigging, 25 in Transformer Repairs and Maintenance, 70 in ICT and 63 in Heavy Duty Equipment.In education, General Boroh said a total of 1,135 Amnesty beneficiaries graduated from foreign and local universities with 34 of them graduating First Class and 105 in Second Class Upper Divisions.He thanked the people of the Niger Delta for keying into the Peace and Development Programme of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Region

 

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‘A Niger Delta Region populated with modern cities with leading edge environmental management practices, economic prosperity, skilled and healthy people and social harmony’

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BRIGADIER-GENERAL P.T. BOROH (RTD.), is a former Commandant of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC) in Kaduna. He is one of the authors of a book – Governance and Violent Conflicts...
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