25 June 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan is set to present new directives for the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku disclosed yesterday.
The new vision would be unveiled at a presidential peace dinner at a yet-to-be fixed date as two years of the programme is celebrated, he said.
Twenty thousand, one hundred and ninety-two Niger Delta youths accepted the offer of amnesty by October 4, 2009 before another batch of 6,166 youths was added in the second and final batch.
Taking stock of the programme and the depth of its impact on the people in the past two years, the Federal Government said the programme has been the most effective tool employed by any government in addressing critical national issue.
In a statement by Henry Ugbolue, Head, Media and Communications, Amnesty Office, Kuku noted that, looking back, the amnesty proclamation was the sincerest, boldest and most profound effort by any Federal Government of Nigeria since 1960 to address the agitation for fairness, equity and development in the oil-bearing Niger Delta.