The leadership of all the former Niger Delta Militants in the region have pledged their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s policy on Agricultural Empowerment Programmes for beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd), extracted the commitment from the ex agitators when he meet the leadership of ex-agitators across the region in Benin, the Edo state capital. Gen Boroh (rtd) had disclosed that already about 200 ex agitators have successfully been trained and empowered on enhanced agriculture at the National Biotechnology Development Center, in Odi, Baylesa State, while some others have been empowered with starter packs, to start their own farms. The Presidential Amnesty Programme has in recent times, focused on training and empowering beneficiaries in Agricultural activities.
Pastor Ruben Wilson, a leading former militant leader in the region, at the meeting commended General Boroh for his unbiased coordination of the amnesty programme, noting that under Boroh’s watch the Amnesty Programme has transformed from a political tool, to a well coordinated reintegration platform for the repentant agitators of the Niger Delta region. The ex agitators has unanimously resolved to protect the sovereignty of the country and expose anyone found vandalizing oil and gas installations within their communities. The Presidential Adviser also commended the ex-agitators for their patience and perseverance and promised Federal Government’s commitment to improving the lives of all beneficiaries and youths in the region at large.