Information is power and insight can create so much impact on public discourse.
In any culture of prevention, effective and democratic media are essential part, even as the media has become indispensable conflict resolution platform, particularly for societies trying to make transition from conflict to peace and democracy.
It is against this background that critical stakeholders in the Presidential Amnesty Programme are now getting so worried about the hate speeches recently credited to the new Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo.
The first was when the national committee of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) paid a courtesy call on Prof. Dokubo in his office in Abuja, where he was quoted as “warning Niger Delta leaders against selfish interests”.

Just yesterday, (Wednesday, May 16, 2018) the new Amnesty boss, speaking through his Special Assistant on Media, Murphy Ganagana, in Abuja, described the leaders of the First Phase, Niger Delta Ex-agitators in the Presidential Amnesty Programme as “disgruntled elements”.
The spokesman, who also confirmed the disengagement of some ex-agitators that were staff of the Presidential Amnesty office, said they were disengaged because they were not fit to work in the Amnesty office. He disclosed further that neither the disengaged Niger Delta Ex-agitators nor other staff of the Presidential Amnesty Office, have been paid any salary this year, was silent on when the pending staff salaries would be paid.
The first phase ex-agitators, it was learnt have taken time to review the hate speeches emanating from the new Amnesty boss and have come to conclusion that they will no longer sit and watch Prof. Dokubo and his new team to make the Niger Delta struggle a laughing stock, just as they have reportedly vowed to resist any further attempt by the handlers of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to make mess of the struggle that gave birth to the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
A source said the first phase leaders have already expressed their disappointment over the disposition and attitude of the newly appointed Special Assistant to the Coordinator on media, Mr Murphy Ganagana.
Patrick Ipidei is an ex agitator from Bayelsa.

Presidential Amnesty Program-PAP: God Where Are You? Generals are you sleeping?

Old Soldiers never die,they only go to hell and regroup. Fellow generals and commanders why do we forget the reason to drop arms for Amnesty? If Professor Dokubo do not know why he is our coordinator,let us not forget ourselves.
Time to Regroup, Please Regroup. The Amnesty Program has become a research centre, Dokubo do not know what to do.The committee he setup cannot come up with any report because they do not know what to do.Our stipends are not paid.
We have never met with our coordinator but he is busy meeting with various groups and attending parties and burials. We should know what we want. It is not too early.
Professor Charles Dokubo should go.He has no experience in this business.He is not a retired general,he is not serving military general. He is not known resource control or human rights activist. His only qualification for this job is being a Nigerian.

He will do better as INEC chief, JAMB or head of any research facility. We need a pragmatic, practical and proactive coordinator. We need a serving active General or a very dogged human rights and resource control activist who can flow better just as in the NYSC.
Above all we need the office of the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta Matters be made independent and free from the Amnesty program so that funds meant for Amnesty will be expended accordingly.
The special adviser will then advice on Amnesty, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission, Petroleum Industry Bill etc.
Chief Kalaiti Jephthah is a former Coordinator of Bayelsa State Volunteer Service, a form most Niger Delta Security outfit

Colourful Pictures from Sallah in Accra

We want to start of by wishing all our Muslim readers a happy Eid-al-adha.

Yesterday’s celebration started off with Prayers at various locations and mosques. In Accra here, Kosi Fortune & Abdul rashid of MIS Photography paid a visit to the independence square.

We took some pictures from the Independence square in Accra.


NGO cautions amnesty delegates over purported planned protests in Niger Delta

Following a statement allegedly issued by some faceless Amnesty beneficiaries to embark on a massive protests in the nine Niger Delta states simultaneously next week, a Non-Governmental Organization in the region, the Patriotic Niger Deltans for Good Governance has called on youths in the region, particularly Amnesty delegates to be weary of politicians who sponsor unsuspecting youths to carry out protest against constituted authorities, adding that instead, they should focus their energies on developing the region and the nation in general.

Speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa on Thursday, President of the group, Comrade Adonbra Amgbare lamented that politicians with inordinate ambitions have continued to mastermind protests in the region by using Amnesty delegates as tools of violence to the detriment of the region.

According to the group’s president, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has not faulted in any way to warrant such ungraded protest to embarrass his office, stressing that those behind the planned protest are cowards who will hide behind unsuspecting youths to manipulate the system to their own advantage.

The President warned that “this time around the youths in the region will not tolerate such anti-social conducts from political leaders whose past time is to pull down their fellow brothers and sisters in public offices, just as he urged the Amnesty delegates remain calm and go about their activities as law abiding citizens.

Comrade Amgbare urged the Amnesty delegates to be rather innovative, productive and creative because they are the greatest asset to their families and the nation at large in its journey towards attaining economic stability and development.

He maintained that Gen. Boroh has introduced programmes that are aimed at improving economic activities in the Niger Delta and the country at large, pointing out that the youths should be grateful to have a visionary leader like Gen. Boroh the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in this era of change and accountability.

“The youths are the greatest resource that we have as a nation, so let us endeavour to participate in economic activities even at individual level for our nation to develop, assuring that Government would increase funding for their empowerment programmes”. he reiterated. As peace ambassadors, who willingly dropped arms for the sake of peace in the region, we urge Amnesty delegates not to allow themselves be used as tools for violence agian. They should denounce violence as peace ambassadors who should lead by example.

“I call upon youths to be true champions of peace and co-existence and not to allow themselves to be used as tools for violence, rather they should denounce violence as they are the future leaders. “I urge you to reject violence and political leaders that are promoting the vice as they are capable of setting our region and the entire county on fire, because of their selfish interest”, he said.

IITH urges stakeholder’s support for Gen. Boroh’s innovative reforms

The International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has reacted in very strong and unequivocal terms the brazen and unwarranted attacks against the good work and achievements of Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd) the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme, by a phantom group named Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance (NDAGG).

The Rector of the Institute, Samuel Timi Johnson, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, noted that the Institute as one of the proud partners and major players in the Amnesty Project, affirms from the template of service set by Brig-Gen. Boroh on assumption of office that Due Process and a competitive Bidding Process are followed in the award of contracts or engagements of Service Vendors, by the Amnesty Office.

One major innovation adopted by the Amnesty office is the important decision by Gen Boroh to personally lead a delegation of top officials, from Abuja, to carry out rigorous verification of claims by prospective partners and vendors, to their existing facilities, as claimed in their proposal(s) including that presented by the Institute, before approval was given for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and commencement of training/empowerment project. This was the experience of this Institute before the approval of the first batch of one thousand beneficiaries to be trained in 2017.

It is on record that those trained by the Institute and who graduated two weeks ago, were on Tuesday June 20, 2017, empowered with starter packs in Catering and Fashion designing, worth several millions of naira, courtesy of General Boroh’s reforms in line with the mandate of the the Presidential Amnesty Programme for full integration of Delegates that successfully completed the training.

Therefore, the fifth columnists plot to protest against General Boroh can be likened to mere traducers that fed fat in the past through award of phoney contracts and diversion of funds which the leadership of General Boroh has stamped out.

The Institute believes that the firmness of Boroh is beginning to pay-off as it has checked the crass opportunism, rot, indiscipline and inexorable mess which had characterised the programme. We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the antics of mischief makers and enemies of the Niger Delta who are again colluding to fan the embers of violence and demean the good intentions of General Boroh and his team. The performance of General Boroh is an eloquent testimony of a true son of the Niger Delta who is currently waging war to break the jinx and sustain the existing peace, development and progress of the Region.

We also call on all stakeholders to support General Boroh in his efforts to reposition the Niger Delta and set it on the path of recovery, peace and development.


Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Initiated the amnesty programme to ease unrest in the Oil rich Niger Delta region. RHETORIC aside its the most notable achievement for which Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua will be remembered for; the defusing of tension in the Niger Delta region through the Amnesty programme. Education and empowerment in form of self occupation through the aid of this initiative(Amnesty) created peace and restored hope to the whole lot of the hopeless. The Importance of the programme can never be underestimated and through the current piloting of the programme through the office of Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Brig Gen P.T. Boroh has ensured the aim of the programme is being achieved to the maximum. Among many other recent  benefits from beneficiaries of the amnesty programme are;
The underlisted Beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme who graduated from the Faculty of Law, Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State (2014/2015 academic session) would be called to the largest BAR in Africa on the 13th of July, 2017 in two batches at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Garki, Abuja.
1. Yanyangbini Pere Eric (male)
2. IluyemiTimbra Ernest (male)
3. OgbemerunAdebanjo (male)
4. Ajama Ebiwolatei (male)
5. Perekekeme Andrew Afe (male)
John Paul Nku. A first officer with Air Peace.
Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) empowering a beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Mr Reuben Opuobori in Fish Farming at Ohio Community near Benin City in Edo State

Presidential amnesty beneficiaries employed as pilots in First Nation Airways

This brief examines the Niger Delta amnesty declared in June 2009, from the perspective  of its achievements, limitations and risks. The amnesty officially resulted in the demobilisation of 30,000 militants, paying them allowances and providing training for a smaller number. It has markedly reduced conflict in the region. However, the amnesty was not part of a coherent and co-ordinated peace-building and reconciliation plan, and is unlikely to be able to facilitate sufficient employment for demobilised militants. In its partial nature, it has also neglected non-combatants who had been impacted by violence. On these and other grounds, the sustainability of its achievements remains in question. The brief advocates a number of measures; among them a broader strategy for reconciliation and peace building, including action at the community level, and a coherent, co-ordinated and rigorously implemented development vision for the region, with a concerted focus on employment generation.
Mr. Harry Martyns is a Beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme that was trained as a Pilot at Afrika Union Aviation Academy in Mahikeng, South Africa. During the training, he showed extra-ordinary commitment in the course of his studies. He graduated from the Academy since 2013 with Certification in Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating. He can be contacted on. Mr. Happy Abise is a Beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme that was trained as a Pilot at Flight Training Services in Midrand, South Africa. During the training, he showed extra-ordinary commitment in the course of his studies. He graduated from the Academy since 2013 with Certification in Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating and he is a Grade 3 Instructor. The same course was also replicated at Lufthansa Aviation Training Pilot Academy GMBH, Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Iddah Monday is a Beneficiary of the Presidential Amnesty Programme that was Trained as a Pilot at Lufthansa Aviation Training Pilot Academy GMBH, Frankfurt, Germany. During the training, he showed extra-ordinary commitment in the course of his studies. He graduated from the Academy since 2013 with Certification in Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Conversion and Type Rating
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By  Gbaboyor Jude

Spiritually, human beings require social reinforcement and validation of feelings and appreciation of accomplishments.

Knowing that rewards and recognitions as necessary tools for motivation, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 facilitated a dinner for outstanding amnesty beneficiaries at the Aso Villa to further inspire the delegates as a boost in helping them to become valuable contributors to society in line with the on-going reintegration phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

In that presidential dinner, the amnesty beneficiarieswere recognized for their accomplishments with a view to making them better persons and professionals in their chosen fields.

Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo hosted delegates and beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme under the leadership of Brigadier General Paul Tarela Boroh (rtd).

In the same vain, the Amnesty Office engaged other beneficiaries as staff in addition to making recommendations to other agencies and departments for employment. For instance, several beneficiaries of the programme are now awaiting their employment letters from the federal civil service, courtesy of the untiring efforts of Gen. Boroh.

Those who make First Class are always accorded due recognition and attention under Gen. Boroh, Just recently, Brigadier General Paul Boroh, in a bid to engage as many Ex Agitators as possible, reached out to the Nigerian Content Development And Monitoring Board

The objective is to get the board to assist in the assessment recertification and engagement of over 4000 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.

With a pool of over 13000 already trained beneficiaries in various vocational activities, General Boroh is evidently on the right track of training and engaging all beneficiaries of the Programme in no distant time.

General Boroh who led a delegation of stakeholders and officials of the Amnesty Office, met with the Executive Secretary, Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote and officials of NABDA, at the boards National Headquarters, in Yenegoa, to brainstorm on strategies to engage trained beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, where he urged multinationals and government agencies to consider engaging youths rather than, importing manpower from other countries.

It is natural that when our efforts are acknowledged and respected as been part of a team, we are motivated and feel a sense of pride and satisfaction, which is indispensable to our psychological development as humans.

Gen. Boroh is there to fill this gap in the Niger Delta through his pragmatic leadership style as Special Adviser to the Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.


Many see politics today as a game where the key players have similar characteristics when it comes to fulfilling promises.

Many a politician has over the years fraudulently attained positions and promised very unrealistic solutions to lives problems. We see these politicians every now and then tricking the masses with paltry sum only to be voted in and “booooph” they disappear into thin air, looting and carting away with billions of public funds.

This sought of politics is the reason why people lost faith and have shaking trust in the system long time ago. This has made so many Nigerians visualise politics as a means of livelihood.

The above isn’t the case of some well meaning Nigerians though, an exemplary figure, a flower that grew out of a concrete has overtime been proving to the people of the South – South that positive possibilities is attainable through selfless services, human resources based initiatives, youth empowerment programmes, personality building and humanitarian driven programmes. This man is an angel sent to salvage the people of the South South region since his installment as the Head person in charge of the Amnesty programme. Hence the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd), recently he has been using technical experts with commendable talents recruited from previous beneficiaries of the scheme that had been trained internationally so as to proffer lasting solutions to problems they encountered during their course year abroad. He has been on ground working tirelessly to discover valuable contributions to society in line with the on-going reintegration strategy of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. More so, recognition of outstanding accomplishments by beneficiaries is in due process, opinionated by the Coordinator (Gen. Boroh, Rtd) with the intention of setting commendable standards for the upcoming generation, thereby making the beneficiaries more useful to themselves, immediate environment and country at large.

Currently, there are over 4000 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty programme who have hence become more productive, law abiding, less violent/more receptive to government policies. Technically it is therefore highly commendable and worthy of note that a good job is been saddled by the General looking at all these transformation going on from every angle in the Niger – Delta

It looks very magical, real though that former agitators have simply become vanguards of peace and tranquility in Nigeria. Back in Malaysia, I lived with some of the Niger Delta Ex Militants (agitators) looking back at when they came into the education system abroad and now, they have completely changed from the very scary and inpatient people to well refined handsome looking cool minded individuals.

It is therefore with this symmetrical comparison that I wish to commend firstly the Nigerian Government for these wonderful initiative towards curbing future insurgency and the present Pilot of the initiative. I must say here that General Paul Boroh (Rtd) is an exemplary figure, a living legend and of course a pace setter in the piloting of the affairs of the  government initiative and projecting beneficiaries to places above their expectations as creation of Jobs for graduates in ongoing currently as we speak. According to sources, Vocational skill Acquisition is at its peak of which those without basic primary school education have been inculcated.

Speaking to Hon. Jude Gbaboyor, IT Consultant and CEO of Jaygreat Farms, he stated clearly that ideas are welcomed from in and out of the country to better the lives and future of the Niger Delta people. He further explained that a website that will receive suggestions, criticism of any sought and possibly Idea recommendations and or complains of the entire populace of the Niger Delta region will be put in place and funded by his office so that fairness and transparency will be ascertained in line with the present political dispensation.

According to Engr. Gbaboyor Jude, “It is only natural that when our efforts are acknowledged and respected as been part of a team we are motivated to do more.

Gen. Boroh is second to none so far as regards leadership qualities as Special Adviser to the Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.


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