By JimitotaÂ ONOYUME,
Rivers State Social and Rehabilitation Committee is set to graduate its first batch of reformed militants who have been trained on different skills.
Chairman of the Committee, Chief Albert Horsefall, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that a total of 297 trainees would be graduated.
He said they were trained on skills like modern farming techniques, fashion and designing, welding etc.
Continuing, he said they would be provided with starter packs to enable them to take off on their own, adding that the Committee had brought some banks to provide soft loans for some of the trainees that may need such to take off.
He assured that the state government would take steps to reconcile some of the reformed militants with their communities.
According to him, some of them are afraid to go back to their communities because of the atrocities they allegedly committed.
Horsefall said the reformed militants with his committee were left to the choice of keying into the federal governmentâ€™s programme for militants in the region.
He, however, assured that even if they donâ€™t submit themselves for the presidential amnesty, they have already been pardoned by the government.
Horsefall said seven of the reformed militants wrote WAEC examination, with six passing out in flying colors.
He said the Committee would see that those that have indicated interest to go back to school would have their dreams come true.