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Don’t Abuse Scholarships, FG Warns Niger Delta Youths

The Niger Delta youths that were offered scholarships on compassionate grounds through the Presidential Amnesty Programme to study in universities across the country have been asked not to abuse the privilege.

According to the Amnesty Office, being from the Niger Delta is not an automatic qualification to enjoy the programme as its mandate only covers 30,000 persons in the database.


Prof. Charles Dokubo. Photo: Guardian
Prof. Charles Dokubo. Photo: Guardian

Murphy Ganagana, who is the Special Assistant on Media to the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, in a statement on Monday, stated that the warning was due to the “unruly behaviour” by some non-qualified beneficiaries of the programme offered scholarship on campassionate grounds at the Gregory University in Abia state.

He said rather than show gratitude after they were deployed in March, 2018, the students engaged in acts that btreached the peace of the university.

 

“The discovery of illegal deployments followed a verification exercise ardered by the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, on assumption of office.

“A Committee set up to ascertain the number of beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme discovered that an alarming figure of students enrolled in universities under the Amnesty Programme was not captured in the database at the Amnesty Office.

“However, Dokubo was deeply concerned over this worrisome development, especially the plight of the affected students who are also from the Niger Delta, and therefore explored means to address the situation after meeting the management of the affected institutions; rather than sending those not captured in the Amnesty Programme database out of the universities,” Ganagana stated.

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