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Nigeria, Netherlands Partner On Niger Delta Devt

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, John Groffen, has said that the embassy would collaborate with the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) office to provide skills acquisition opportunities for the Niger Delta ex-militants.

Groffen made the disclosure when he led officials of the embassy on a courtesy visit to Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and coordinator of the programme, in Abuja.

He said that Nigeria was a country with great potential that needed a peaceful and secure environment for it to be realised.

“Nigeria is a country of endless potential and we will assist in attracting more investment to the country.

“The basic issue about the Niger Delta region is employment and this can only be realised in an environment that is conducive for investment.

“Our areas of collaboration with the PAP will be for sustainable peace and development in the region,” he said.

Earlier, Boroh said the PAP was committed to partnership with The Netherlands embassy for gainful employment of ex-agitators after the programme.

He said that training and provision of jobs to 30,000 ex- agitators after their training in Nigeria and in the Diaspora required functional collaboration with the international community.

He, however, called for more practical support from The Netherlands to the amnesty programme, with the assurance that Federal Government was committed to developing the Niger Delta region and ensuring sustainability of the amnesty programme.