Amnesty: Alternatives to bombing pipelines exist, FG says as it lures militants

Amnesty: Alternatives to bombing pipelines exist, FG says as it lures militants

The Federal Government has told Niger Delta militants that embracing its amnesty programmes will provide better lifestyles for them.

Paul Boroh, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme made this known while receiving a delegate of ex-militants at his office on Friday 8 October 2016.

His words:

“Amnesty programme will not last forever. It will end next year. I thank God that you have finished your training. You can fit into ministry of mines and power or private sector.

“You must continue learning. There is no end to learning. In the next few years, I want to see you getting better and higher. You must be developing your capacity to move higher.

“First, I appreciate the president for sustaining this programme because if not for his giving us the go ahead to continue training the capacity of the ex-agitators, it would have been difficult for us to achieve this great feat today.

“You can imagine a group of persons who have transformed from militancy to be electrical engineers; obviously I’m very proud of it because it has been a success story. And my appreciation goes to Mr President who in his determination and commitment in stabilising the Niger Delta region through human capacity development as well as infrastructural development.

“In this case is two in one, the ex-agitators, 23 of them have developed their human capacity in terms of skills acquisition in transformer maintenance and establishment. This has transformed these persons from who they were to the present as well as the refurbishment of transformer which will now supply power to the environment where it is deployed.

“For those still in the creeks, this is a challenge. It is an opening, a wider platform for them to emulate and embrace so that their capacity will also be developed, instead of wasting the human resource elements in them. This means opportunities are open to them whether they are agitators or not.”