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Goodluck Jonathan urges focus on education for Niger Delta development

Former President Advocates for Educational Prioritization in Consultation with New Amnesty Programme Administrator

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has emphasized the importance of prioritizing education to drive development in the Niger Delta region, urging the new administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Dr. Denis Otuaro, to channel efforts towards educational initiatives.

During a consultative visit to Jonathan in Abuja, Dr. Otuaro received counsel from the former President on Friday. Jonathan stressed the need to redirect attention to the education scholarship component of the programme, aiming to expand its reach and impact across the region.

“Ensuring access to education scholarships under the programme is crucial to uplifting more individuals in the region,” Jonathan remarked. He emphasized the significance of returning the programme’s operations to the Niger Delta to amplify the Federal Government’s influence and support in the area. Additionally, Jonathan highlighted the importance of empowering women as part of the broader strategy to enhance peace and stability in the region.

Expressing gratitude for Jonathan’s enduring commitment to peace and development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large, Dr. Otuaro acknowledged the former President’s significant contributions. He assured Jonathan that under his leadership, the PAP would remain steadfast in its mission to uphold peace and foster development in the Niger Delta region.

Jonathan’s advocacy for educational advancement aligns with broader efforts to address socio-economic challenges and promote sustainable development in the Niger Delta. As the region continues to grapple with issues of poverty, underdevelopment, and conflict, prioritizing education emerges as a vital tool for empowerment and progress.

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