Amnesty office has abandoned our children in US- Parents

THE PUNCH Newspaper- Simon Utebor

Parents of 43 young students studying under the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the United States have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to save the education of their children.

The parents, in a joint statement signed by Mr. Kingsley Feboke, Mr. Ayente Douglas and Mrs. Victoria Feboke, on behalf of others, said their children were enrolled in universities in America through the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Special Scholarship for Crisis Impacted Communities in the region.

They said the scholarship scheme was a window created by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for youths from crisis impacted to be captured under the Amnesty Programme, adding that the students were sent to the United States by the PAP.

They complained that the authorities in the Amnesty Office and Kaplan Consultants were playing politics with the education and lives of the children, as the programme was no longer moving smoothly due to alleged disagreement with the Amnesty Office and the consultants.

The parents said, “We are constrained to raise the alarm because our children have been abandoned in the United States and are being treated as Prisoners of War.

“These children are between the ages of 16 and 17. We got report that the Amnesty Office is considering revoking the contract with Kaplan (the consultants).

“We understand that Kaplan has a valid and subsisting contract with the Amnesty Office where students are enrolled in higher institutions in the United States after undergoing globally recognised educational foundation training, otherwise called Pathway Programme.

“The pathway programme prepares students from developing nations for the purpose of studying in developed countries such as the US and the United Kingdom. These 43 Niger Delta students were beneficiaries under the Third Phase for communities impacted by violence and armed conflicts.

“They were successful in this programme that was run at Kaplan International College, in Lagos, for nine months, and thereafter, proceeded to the north-eastern university in Massachusset for a three- month summer Bridge Programme .”


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