The new Coordinator for the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), assumed duty yesterday with a promise to aid efforts by President Muhammadu Buhari to consolidate peace, safety and security in the Niger Delta. Gen. Boroh said that his immediate priority is to ensure that beneficiaries of the programme who were recently thrown out of schools and training centres for lack of funds return to school. “Mr President is keen on the smooth and efficient running of the Amnesty Programme.
He also wants things done properly. “I am going to quickly look into the issues of beneficiaries who are currently out of schools or training centres as a result of default in payment of fees and allowances. We are going to sort out these issues very fast and stabilize the programme,” he said. While lauding the achievements of the Amnesty Programme so far, the new coordinator sought the full cooperation of beneficiaries of the programme as well as critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta.
“The conduct of the beneficiaries of the programme is very important. Discipline must remain their watchword. Their conduct is very important. I will work closely with all the beneficiaries but I will not condone indiscipline,” he added. The new coordinator, who is an acclaimed peace-keeping and conflict management expert, was the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC) in Kaduna.
He was involved in the resolution of the Liberian conflict in 1994-1995 and the resolution of the Sierra-Leone conflict in 1999-2000. Between 2010 and 2012, Boro was the Chief of Staff United Nations Mission in Liberia; Commanding Officer, United Nations Mission in Sierra. Leone; Commanding officer; Economic Community of West African States Peacekeeping Group.