Amnesty boss wants varsities to run programmes on security, peace/conflict mgt

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In furtherance to existing peace building initiatives in the country, Special Adviser to the President/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul T Boroh, (rtd), has canvassed for inclusion of security and peace/conflict management studies in the university curriculum.

Brig-Gen. Paul T Boroh (rtd) expressed his view on peace building/conflict management, when paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University in Benin on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, as part of his walking tour of the Niger Delta states.

He said the Presidential Amnesty office, was willing to collaborate with Benson Idahosa University, to run courses in security and peace/conflict management, with a view to further entrench the concept of security, peace building and conflict prevention among the youth.

He said the introduction of security, peace/conflict management studies in the tertiary schools’ curriculum will deepen and broaden security consciousness among the population, particularly in a post crisis environment.

Brig-Gen. Boroh, commended the university for its role in molding the students in character and learning, particularly those studying under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, adding that his office was working towards executing a sustainable reintegration for the beneficiaries on completion of their various programmes.

The Amnesty boss also promised to special consideration to high flying students, by making sure that they retained by the faculty.

In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie said the proposal of Brig-Gen. Boroh (rtd) to run courses in security, peace/conflict management/studies is welcome development, adding that the school is a private Christian University that provides state-of-the-art undergraduate, postgraduate and Benson professional education.

He reiterated the university’s commitment towards raising leaders for the nation, who are complete in spirit, mind and body, thus contributing to the production of high-level leadership and quality manpower for the nation and the world.

According to him, Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin, has become the first university in Africa to be accepted as a member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI) which comprises over 60 other universities worldwide, adding that the feat was achieved on account of a drug, Edotide, invented by him for the prevention and management of cancer, prostate enlargement and diabetes.

He said a total of 435 delegates from the Presidential Amnesty Programme are currently studying various courses in the university, saying that the students under the programme have conducted themselves well on campus.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the President/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul T Boroh, has assured delegates that make first class in their studies automatic employment in the institution where they graduate.

He advised students under the Amnesty Programme to work hard to come out with good grades, as the office would not tolerate indolence on the part of the delegates on the programme.

He stated this while addressing amnesty student delegates at the Benson Idahosa University Benin City, in Edo state, during his recent visit to the school.

According to him, the focus of the Niger Delta region should rather tilt towards agriculture as a possible alternative to oil and gas in the future, noting that his office was working round the clock to achieve a sustainable reintegration of all delegates in the programme, through meaningful engagement on completion of their various programmes.

Responding, Asoh Joel Ebikefe, from the department of International Studies and Diplomacy, assured the amnesty boss that they would put in their best make the Presidential Amnesty Office proud through hard work and good conduct on campus.

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