PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
has called for the continuation of the Amnesty programme, stating that the peace enjoyed in the Niger Delta is predicated on the Programme.
Speaking when he received in audience, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh, the Presidential Adviser/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Wike said the sustenance of the programme would further enhance peace, stabilise the economy and generate empowerment.
He said: “It is important to note that the peace we enjoy today in the Niger Delta is largely due to the Programme.
“We encourage the Federal Government to sustain the amnesty programme. We will give the Federal Government all necessary support at our level”.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
He announced the setting up of an amnesty office at the Government House, Port Harcourt to liaise with the office of the coordinator of the Amnesty Programme. The governor noted that the office would assist in monitoring ex-militants in the state to ensure stability.
He said that the era of politics is gone, noting that this is time for governance, intergovernmental partnership and development.
Earlier, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh called on the state government to partner with his office to achieve the goals of the amnesty programme.
He said Rivers State has 7,652 beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, with 4310 beneficiaries involved in skills acquisition and vocational training.
Boroh said he is interested in a sustainable amnesty programme which will enhance the security of the region.
He called for a synergy with the Rivers State Government, so that the beneficiaries of the programme can be monitored.