The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Tarela Boroh (retd), has said those calling for his sack are those who are no longer benefiting from the system to the detriment of those the Programme is meant for.
“I want to let you know that what is happening in the Amnesty Programme is no more business as usual that is the bottom line of all that is happening, he said over the week-end .The programme actually is a security programme that has to do with critical stakeholders who drive the process in the programme. I’m only there to supervise what they are doing so that we can achieve the aim for which the programme was established, to ensure youth restiveness is not allowed and ensure peace and stability of the Niger Delta region.”
According to him, so far, the Federal Government has offered employment to 350 ex-agitators from the Niger Delta region, who graduated from various tertiary institutions across the world.
He added that the 350 graduates were among the about 30,000 ex-agitators sponsored for various studies abroad by the amnesty office.
Boroh added that the affected ex-agitators had already been posted to various federal ministries awaiting approval of the 2018 appropriation bill by the National Assembly.
“The federal government ensured that about 350 of them have been employed in the various ministries in the country.
“We are only waiting for appropriation so that once they report to their various ministries they will start earning their salaries.”
The Presidential aide described as untrue and false reports that some of the ex-agitators studying abroad had been abandoned following the failure of the amnesty office to pay their school fees and allowances.
“I will never allow any of my children schooling outside this country under government (sponsorship) to suffer.
“So as we speak 96 per cent of those on off-shore scholarship have graduated and returned home.
Boroh has been accused of widespread corruption.