Presidential amnesty students graduate, urge government to continue programme
Students who just graduated from the Presidential Amnesty programme have urged the Federal Government to continue with the scheme, as it would produce high manpower for the country.
They argued that the programme would make positive impact in the lives of the Niger delta youths as it recorded another milestone in its educational empowerment programme at the Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State.
No fewer than 12 of its members bagged first class honours degrees, 20 bagged second class upper division, 29 got second class lower while four of the First Class holders were best graduating students at the 13th Convocation Ceremony of the university.
Of the 12 first class graduates, eight hailed from Delta State, three hailed from Bayelsa and two hailed from Rivers. Speaking to newsmen, the graduating students appreciated the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and commended the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd), for his commitment and dedication towards transforming the lives of youths in the region.
They urged the Federal Government to continue the programme, stressing that the peace and stability brought about by the programme may be threatened if the programme was aborted.
While advising beneficiaries to be more committed to their studies, they further called on the Federal Government to sponsor those with first class honours for their Masters degree programme.
They described the development as heart warming, maintaining that President Buhari’s decision to sustain the Amnesty Programme speaks volumes of his commitment to peace, stability and socio-economic development of the region, saying that education is the best tool for national unity.
Boroh, who was represented by the Head of Education, Major Kesiena Mowarin (rtd), said: “Educated people are aware of what is right and what is wrong. Their minds work in somewhat similar ways. Educated people are united by a sense of right and wrong”.
He added that education helps in building dreams, pointing out that when the Niger Delta youths achieve their dreams through proper education, they will have a sense of fulfilment in life.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, said the institution had distinguished itself as a storehouse of knowledge for benefit of mankind on Christian principles designed to change the country and the African continent by changing a student’s life at a time.