Don’t terminate amnesty programme: Niger Delta youths inform FG



    Mr Ebizimor Raphael and Onimim Batubo addressing newsmen

    The Ijaw Youth Council, Abuja Chapter (IJC) and allied youths group within the Niger Delta have appealed to the Federal Government to shelve its plans to wind down the Presidential Amnesty Programme(PAP).

    Mr Ebizimor Raphael, Chairman IJC, Abuja Chapter, who briefed newsmen on Monday in Abuja, stated that PAP had but to fulfill its mandate.

    He stated acquiesced that programme wouldn’t final ceaselessly; including nonetheless, that it needs to be dealt with with out untimely or terminal processes as the injuries of the Niger Delta had but to be healed.

    The Federal authorities had lately hinted at terminating PAP.

    Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, Special Adviser to the president on Niger Delta and Coordinator of PAP, residential Amnesty Programme, disclosed this after a stakeholders’ assembly.

    The programme was established in 2009 by the late President Umaru Musa Yara’ Adua.

    “A cursory journey down the reminiscence lane will assist us perceive the gravity of such a choice particularly within the gentle if the circumstances that gave delivery to the programme.

    “PAP was borne out of the necessity to tackle crucial gaps within the safety and growth structure of Niger Delta by lowering the factor of youth involvement in violent confrontations with the Nigerian State over authentic grievances.

    “Those days had been days of ignorance, recklessness, and irresponsibility on the a part of the management; these had been the darkish days that we don’t want to see return, and as such, it might be offensive to not have fun the Yar’ Adua led administration that supplied a peaceable resolution to the impasse.

    “We admire and acknowledge the truth that the Federal Government has invested within the amnesty programme.’’

    Raphael stated that IJC appreciated the truth that about 20,000 ex-militants had gone by means of the primary part of disarmament and had been at various levels of the second part of rehabilitation.

    He stated that the stakeholders acknowledged that a number of the disarmed and rehabilitated ex-militant had obtained some type of vocational training inside and outdoors the nation.

    The chairman stated nonetheless that the post-disarmament curiosity of the first targets was not being considered resembling job placement.

    He stated that the phases of rehabilitation made provisions for energetic reconnection and reconciliations with native communities which had not been adequately applied.

    “Rather than shut down or wind up the amnesty programme due to untimely or unrealistic exit projections, the Federal Government needs to be extra proactive in its strategy.

    “The names of any and all of the beneficiaries who’ve been efficiently disarmed, rehabilitated and re-integrated in line with the parameters set the Federal Government and made identified to the general public if there are any.

    “There needs to be elevated and evidential absorption of amnesty graduands to the oil and fuel business at extra than simply primary and menial ranges of engagement.

    “There needs to be youth representatives on boards of NDDC and the committee of PAP backed up by related legislative Acts as a result of all the course of is for teens and needs to be pushed by youths,’’ he stated.

    He urged the National Assembly to expedite motion and move into regulation the invoice establishing the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Ex-militants.

    The chairman stated that the stakeholders had been impressed with Boroh’s efficiency and endorsed for continuity.