Brig.-Gen Paul Boroh (rtd), Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, says the Federal Government has begun the process of engaging 10,000 ex-militants in its agri-business scheme. Boro stated this in Benin on Tuesday when the government formally handed over a 2,000 capacity fish pond to one of the ex-militants, Reuben Opobowie. The special adviser said 100 of the 10,000 ex-militants would be come from Edo and500 from Bayelsa, while the others would be from the remaining oil producing states of the federation. According to him, Buhari has expressed interest and shown commitment toward the development of the Niger Delta region.
“The drive we are into now is on agri-business, because it captures three major items, which include food, security, job creation and increment in the finances of the farmers because they will be able to get money from their products. Agriculture, particularly, is the best alternative to oil for now going by what is happening in the economy of the country as at today. Those still involved in pipeline vandalism are those, who are not beneficiaries of the programme because they don’t understand what the Federal Government is doing,” he said. He stated that the programme has brought him out of the creeks, adding that the programme has given him a direction in life. He, however, advised those who are still in the creeks to come out and support the Federal Government’s efforts at developing the entire country.