The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof Ernest Izevbigie said 169 ex-agitators had graduated with first class and second class degrees in upper and lower divisions from Benson Idahosa University.
He disclosed this during an award-giving ceremony for the beneficiaries of the presidential amnesty programme at the Benson Idahosa University in Benin, Edo State.
Four of the beneficiaries were offered automatic employment by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie on behalf of the governing council and the School management.
He also commended the Federal Government for the initiative which he said had been instrumental in re-integrating the ex-agitators into the society.
Reacting to the achievement, The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh said the partnership between the Federal Government and the University had been effective in the socialization of the beneficiaries.
Boroh who was represented by the Head of Education (onshore) of the presidential amnesty office, Maj. Kesiena Mowari (retd.), said that currently, the presidential amnesty programme has about 2,600 delegates in over 30 domestic academic institutions and the Nigerian Law School, under the education unit of the programme established in 2011.
“Indeed, it is a privilege and an honour to also mention that the programme has thus far achieved about 200 first class and second class upper graduates through institutions like Benson Idahosa University” he said
“Benson Idahosa University has been a partnering institution with the Presidential Amnesty programme since December 2011 when an initial batch of 159 Amnesty delegated were admitted into this noble institution” He added
According to him the working relationship with the university has been extremely cordial and productive
The Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, thanked the University for training the students to become useful members of the society and epitome of good behavior to others.
The Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom further said that it is a thing of Joy to know that eight of the students made First class.
During the award ceremory, Chief Brown Mede who represented the Olu of Warri commended the program as a right step in the right direction.
He added that they are glad with the partnership scheme with the University, and encouraged the University to keep up on their good works.
Her urged the Students to imbibe the values that they have been thought while in school as there are a lot of things they can add to their immediate environment
One of the benefactors, Fianka Diamond, thanked the University for making him whom he is today.
On his part, Ikpaazaere Deborah said that her four years at Benson Idahosa University was a great experience which cannot easily be forgotten.
The lecture time, chapel time, cell time, morning devotions all put together made me a success” she said.
She added that the University has qualified staff members who are ready to build and mold students, who are willing to attain academic excellence.
The Presidential Amnesty Programme was conceived as a National response to stabilize the security situation in The Niger Delta in order to permit economic recovery, development and investment in the Region in particular and The Nation in general.