By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”The Niger Delta Welfare Committee (NDWC) has charged non-repentant militants in the region to immediately key into President Yar’Aduaâ€™s amnesty programme, saying violent militancy had become a thing of the past.
The committee, in a statement signed Chairman,Mr. M.O. Balas and two others, also called on multinational companies in the oil rich region to join the government of the country to address issues of marginalization, unemployment, human capital development and insecurity.
The NDWC, made up of rehabilitated militants and led by General Ebikabowei Victor Ben, alias Boyloaf, said it had tried to ensure peace and security since amnesty was declared by the Federal Government.
According to the committee, what is left now is for the government to fulfill its promises by empowering repentant militants through skill acquisition programmes, employment, scholarship, contract award and other packages to enable them continue their lives and get properly integrated into civil society.
The committee appealed to all unrepentant militants to embrace the amnesty proclaimed by Mr. President because there was no more arm struggle in the region.
Stating that the Welfare Committee was set up to liaise between government and youths in the region and to see to their immediate needs and diffuse areas of tension, it stated that â€œwe want government at all levels to join the multinational also to support the idea behind the formation of the Welfare Committeeâ€.