5 July 2011
The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has warned that the Federal Government’s Amnesty programme would fail if jobs were not provided for repentant militants after their training.
Group National Coordinator, Sheriff Mulade who stated this in an interview shortly after a seminar in Effurun on the stoppage of rampant cases of kidnapping in the Niger Delta region said it was not enough to train the repentant militants but that the federal and state governments must provide jobs for them after the training as an “hungry man is an angry man.”
The one-day seminar, which was put together by CEPEJ, had in attendance the Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander, Major-General Johnson Ochoga, who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Ahmed Magadi; JTF Sector 1 Commander, Colonel Enang Ukagu; the representative of Immigration Service in Delta State, G. Ekwere; his counterpart in Customs Service, C. Onwutube and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Mr. Andekim Amos Musa. Also in attendance were traditional rulers, non-governmental organisations as well as community and youths leaders.