â€¢ Boroh: Over 5m persons benefit from amnesty programme
By Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja and James Sowole in Akure
A security expert, Mr. William Park, has advised international oil companies (IOCs) operating in the Niger Delta to constantly implement the provisions of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) reached with host communities in order to curb the incidents ofÂ violent activities in the region.
Park spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital where stakeholders converged at the second NationalÂ Council on Niger Delta (NCND), organised by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
In a presentation titled: â€˜Security: AnÂ Inclusive and Collaborative Security strategy of the Niger Delta Region,â€™ he identifiedÂ oil spills, poor means of livelihood and lack of coherent and integrated development plan as the biggest threats to security in the region.
He, therefore, advocated the practice of an â€œinclusive security approachâ€Â whichÂ includes the involvement of stakeholders in the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts in the region.
Park stressed that efforts should be put in place by government, oil companies and host communities to develop sustainable industries in the region, adding that this would reduce rural-urban drift and check unemployment with attendant boost on the nationâ€™s economy.
He stressedÂ that all approaches must be based on truth, equity, fairness and inclusiveness.
According to a statement issued by the Director, Press in the Ministry of Niger Delta, Mr. Marshall Gundu, in search of efforts to tackle the challenges and obstacles to the development of the region, stakeholders held a consultative forum in Akure at the weekend to identify andÂ evolve strategiesÂ of overcoming such.
In his presentation titled: â€˜Security and Amnesty in the Niger Delta,â€™Â the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), said the programme was being sustained by theÂ federal government toÂ cater for the yearnings of the region.
Boroh disclosed that the federal government wasÂ committed to exploring new strategies of ensuringÂ peace and security in the region.
He revealedÂ that a lot of â€œquick impact projectsâ€ were being executed to ensure that the region is safer and conducive for economic growth andÂ development.
Â Boroh said over five million persons mostly youthsÂ have benefited from the Presidential Amnesty Programme of the federal government.
He said peace efforts in the Niger Delta region had brought about increase in the nationâ€™sÂ crude oil production to 2.3 million barrels per day, surpassing the 2017 budgetâ€™s target of 2.2 million barrels.
He said though the amnesty programme was expensive, but has yielded a lot of fruits in the interest of peace and the countryâ€™s economy.