Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jonathan happy with outcome of Amnesty Programme

The Nation
27 September 2011

...vows to stamp out insecurity

President Goodluck Jonathan has attributed the buoyancy of the Nigerian economy to the relative success of the Amnesty Programme for repentant restive youths of the Niger Delta region.

He said oil production now stands between 2.6 million-2.8 million barrels per day.

Jonathan spoke yesterday in Cross Rivers State during the last batch graduation ceremony   at the Amnesty Camp in Obubra.

He said the Disarmanent and Demobilisation of the first phase of the Presidential Amnesty programme has closed.

"This government is determined and poised to stamp out insecurity in all parts of the country.

"It is when we live in peace as a united nation that we can feed our teaming people, tackle unemployment and confront head-on infrastructural challenges.

"We shall not relent until every part of Nigeria is rid of restiveness and other challenges of insecurity," he said.

4, 149 ex- militants trained at Obubra have been placed in skill acquisition centres and formal education in Nigeria and offshore by the Amnesty Office.

20, 192 ex-militants have so far undergone the disarmament and demobilisation training and being re-integrated into civil society.

Another 6, 616 that have disarmed are waiting undergoing non-violence training in Obubra in the second phase of the amnesty programme.

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