South South :FG To Amnesty Beneficiaries; Prepare For Life After Oil

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…As Noa Launches Campaign Against Hate Speeches

By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt

The Federal Government has advised beneficiaries of its presidential amnesty programme for repentant militants in Niger Delta region, to prepare theirselves for life after oil.

This is as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Rivers State launched its campaign against hate speeches by youths and ethnic nationalities in the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd), who spoke during a forum to mark the 2017 international youth day in Port Harcourt.

The forum was organised by a nongovernmental organization, the Nevido Media, in collaboration with the NOA with support from the Nigerian Youth Council (NYC), and other organizations.

Boroh called on youths in the Niger Delta region to prepare for a situation of life without oil by making use of the skills, knowledge and experience they garnered while undergoing training.

He called for paradigm shift in thinking and focus among the youths and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Boron, who was represented by the Head, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Amnesty Office, Mr. Bestman Probel, said, “Since it has become clear that oil will not last forever, there is need to prepare the youths for the future.”

In his remarks, State Director of NOA, Mr. Oliver Wolugbom, expressed concern that Nigerian youths have abandoned the old cherished value system and took to kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, thuggery and other odious practices that debase humanity.

Earlier in her welcome address, convener of the forum, Miss Vivian Douglas, said her organization, Nevido Media, put up the forum to mark the international youth day as a wake-up call for Nigerian youths to look up to the future by refocusing today.