Saturday, June 18, 2011

How Jonathan saved amnesty programme–Onyema, trainning coordinator

Sun News
13 June 2011

•We’ve trained 16,000 ex-militants

Allen Onyema is the coordinator, Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria (FEHN), which brought the faculty currently handling the re-integration training programme for the ex-militants in the Niger Delta in Obubra, Cross River State. He spoke with Daily Sun. Excerpts:

Rehabilitation programmes for ex-militants
For sometime now, the Presidential Amnesty Committee shut down the Obubra Camp for so many reasons. One of them was to allow the trainees to participate in elections and vote for candidates of their choice. But we resumed sometime in March and we have done up to batch 14.

We discovered that some of these boys look forward to coming to Obubra to engage in non-violent training programmes, they enjoy it, they like the message, which canvasses change. So, Obubra is still ongoing and I am sure in the next few weeks we shall be heading back to Obubra for another batch of training. We just finished with Bayelsa State in the last batch. Over 16,000 have passed through our non-violent training programmes in Obubra Camp.

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