Three repentant ex-militants who were sponsored by the Nigeria government to study in the UK, under the Niger Delta Amnesty programme have bagged first class honours, while eighteen others graduated with Second Class Upper (2:1).
Nicholas Goodness and Terubein Fawei who graduated from the University of Bedfordshire finished with first class honours in public relations, telecommunication and networking engineering respectively.
While Lucky Azibanagein also graduated with first class in mechanical engineering and Robotic system from the University of Liverpool.
During an event organised by the Nigerian High Commission in the UK, on Friday, the Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Paul Boroh, congratulated the graduates for making Nigeria proud.
Boroh stressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment towards ensuring that the Amnesty programme is sustained.
“President Buhari is ever ready to implement the blueprint upon which the amnesty programme was established. The era of impunity and phoney contracts are gone for good,” he said.
He called on other militants such as the Niger Delta Avengers to emulate the militants who laid down their arms to embrace education that can make them indispensable to the world.
Boroh also urged saboteurs destabilizing the economy of the country to embrace dialogue and support the president on his policy of developing the Niger Delta region.
The amnesty program’s media officer, in a statement on Monday disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will be paying former Niger Delta militants directly, as the President Muhammadu Buhari resumes amnesty payments.
He also added that the government will also be paying tuition for the ex-militants.
“Payments of stipends to the ex-militants resumed this Monday. The payments are done directly from the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) to their bank accounts.
“The payment also includes tuition for those studying abroad. Their last payment was in February this year. Now we are clearing all outstanding and the payments,” the statement read.
The FG had in February, suspended the payments for former militants who agreed under a 2009 amnesty to stop blowing up crude pipelines in exchange for cash.
And since the halt, the nation has recorded over 4,000 pipeline vandalisation activities, which have crippled the economy.