Sunday, February 12, 2012

Fed Govt hailed over amnesty programme

The Nation
5  February 2012

A group, Ilaje National Congress (INC) in Ondo State has commended the Federal Government over the setting up of amnesty programme which involved entrepreneurship training for repentant ex-militants.

According to the group, the amnesty programme has provided opportunities for the dynamic youths in the Niger Delta states, particularly those in Ilaje Local Government Area.

In a statement issued and signed by its National President, Foluso Ajimuda and General Secretary, Sola Ibinuolapo after an emergency meeting in Igbokoda, headquarters of Ilaje Local Government, specifically lauded the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku.

They said: “Since the programme began, Kuku’s contribution has been significant in promoting public and human security through surrendering of ammunition, demobilisation and non-violence training of about 20,000 ex-militants in the Niger Delta.

“INC equally salutes his courage, commitment, passion and genuine dialogue where relevant stakeholders are carried along at every stage.

“The result of this,” the INC emphasised, “is the relative peace being experienced in the hitherto volatile Niger Delta region where mood of uncertainty, hopelessness have now given way to confidence, certainty, and hope.

“Furthermore the amnesty programme has provided opportunities for the dynamic youths in Ilaje Local Government Area who now explore their full potential in contributing towards the growth and development of the society. They learn new knowledge and skills for self-actualisation and development.”

The INC promised to continue to throw its weight behind the Federal Government for the success of the programme in the area, even as it urged more ex-militants to register and benefit from the Federal Government’s scheme.

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