Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Six beneficiaries from the Amnesty scheme bags first class in UK varsities

Six delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme have become the newest holders of first class degrees in the growing list of honour graduates emerging from the amnesty education scholarship scheme.

The six beneficiaries are part of 144 student delegates who have successfully concluded various courses in some universities in the United Kingdom.

Twenty three of the scholarship beneficiaries graduated with second class upper; others completed their courses in other division.

The Presidential Amnesty Office in collaboration with the Nigerian High Commission  in the United Kingdom in giving credence to what has become a norm in the education component of the Amnesty Programme hosted the successful delegates from several universities to a reception at the Nigerian House London.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by Deputy Chief of Staff Ade Ipaye, said the achievement was a sure proof that the future was bright not only for the Niger Delta but Nigeria. He commended the beneficiaries for their perseverance and their endurance to climate, culture and obedience to the laws of their host country.

He advised the delegates to see themselves as Nigerians first and not from any particular region since Nigerians always turn out among the best anywhere they find themselves globally.

The acting president reaffirmed support for the presidential amnesty programme, lauding the successes currently emanating from various components of trainings under the programme.

He added that the essence of the scholarship is to create a balance which outcome is the excellent results of the student delegates and the prospect of a solid economic status.

He addressed the issue of job creation, stating that while the current administration is working hard to create opportunities for youth employment, graduates should apply skills acquired during their studies to establish viable enterprises.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh described the event as a presentation of some of Nigeria’s best  talents and a showcase of the nation’s bright future.

Gen. Boroh said the outstanding performances of the student delegates were made possible through the unique leadership style and support structure provided by president Muhammadu Buhari who has ensured adequate release of funds to the amnesty office since the inception of the administration.

He also appreciated the effort of the acting president Professor Yemi Osinbajo who has reached out to the people of the Niger Delta by touring the states on fact finding mission and conflict resolution in order to achieve peace and security. Gen. Boroh emphasized that peace is expensive to achieve but succeeding requires consistent collaboration among government, communities, stakeholders, groups and individuals.

Senate president bukola saraki represented by senator philip aduda said the country is proud of the delegates and urged them to remain resilient, focused, calm and supportive of the buhari administration. he also enjoined them to promote harmonius co-existence and keep bilateral agreements wherever their success takes them.

He commended president buhari for the programme continuity and also the coordinator general boroh for ability to employ objectivity in the programme implementation.

Chairman senate committee on Niger Delta, senator peter nwaoboshi explained to the delegates that the government has their interest at heart as challenges experienced during the programme are not signs of abandonment.

The acting high commissioner united kingdom a.s. ogar said it is heartwarming to receive the graduats on completion of their programme which the embassy has been involved in. he advised nigerian students studying abroad not to attract negative reports to themselves as this does not give good image of themselves and their country but rather when in celebration of achievements as being done.

A representative of the student delegates emomotimi ziprebo who graduated in law said their records from universities home and abroad is proof that amnesty programme is working. he expressed gratitude for the scholarship programme and urged the federal government to implement the all inclusive master plan for the development of the niger delta region.

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