President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Brig. Gen. P.T. Boroh (retd.) as the coordinator of the amnesty programme for former Niger Delta militants.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, July 28, in a statement, made available to newsmen by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Punch reports.
Boroh’s appointment takes immediate effect.
He is to take over the responsibilities of the former special adviser to the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku.
“The appointment of a new Coordinator for the Amnesty Programme is expected to lead to the speedy resolution of recent hitches in its implementation such as the non-payment of outstanding allowances to ex-militants,” Adesina said.
The move will be a welcome news to the Niger Delta region, which Buhari had been accused by his opponents of neglecting. He was asked last week during his US trip to make comments on his plans for the region, and his answer on focusing more on the regions that gave him high votes in the election led to backlash from the public.
Ex-militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region, had earlier alerted Buhari of issues in the region, particularly the amnesty deal. They alleged that some aggrieved youths are threatening the existing peace accord.
The ex-militants, who study abroad under the scholarship programme of the federal government amnesty initiative, had also lamented their unpaid allowances and called on the government to address the problem.
Last week, hundreds of angry women from the nine states of the Niger Delta region warned President Buhari, following the dismissal of 13 ex-militant youths trained as pilots by the Lufthansa Airline Training School in Frankfurt, Germany.