Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nigeria: 82 Ex-Militants Head for Israel, Philippines

5 September 2011

Nigeria: 82 Ex-Militants Head for Israel, Philippines
Written by Kunle Awosiyan, Lagos

NO fewer than 82 Niger Delta ex-militants will leave Nigeria today for Israel and Philippines to learn vocations in agriculture, pipeline and undersea welding.

The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta, Honourable Kinsley Kuku, said this during the orientation ceremony for the ex-militants at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, on Sunday, adding that the training was part of the Federal Government’s Niger Delta amnesty programme.

He said 50 of the trainees will head to MFI Foundation, Manila, Philippines to learn pipeline and undersea welding while another 32 will travel to Galilee Institute of Agriculture, Nahala, Israel to learn modern practice in agriculture.

Kuku, who was represented by his technical assistant on reintegration, Mr Larry Pepple, said that government would pay $500 to each trainee monthly for the period of six months that the programme would last while another sum of $500 would be given to each of them to buy warm clothing.

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