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Jonathan assures on amnesty

…urges N-Deltans to exercise patience

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—THE Chairman of the Presidential Coordinating Committee on Niger Delta and Vice President, Dr Godluck Jonathan yesterday met with members of the committee in Abuja with assurance that the amnesty programme is on course.

The meeting which lasted for over two hours was convened by the Vice President to review the amnesty programme against the background of recent developments and assured that it is on course.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Mr Ima Niboro, the Federal Government urged the people of the region to exercise patience with the process.

The committee explained that the perceived sluggishness in the programme has, among other things, to do with the normal gestation period associated with major infrastructure projects.

The committee noted that the leadership of the key militant groups had been brought on board the planning and execution stages of the process.

Currently their views are being harmonised with those of government, and as soon as that process is complete, the programme would be fully up and running.

The committee drew attention to the inauguration of five sub-committees by the Vice President aimed at kick-starting the programme, saying that they had been working behind the scene, strategizing on the best options for the development of the region.

They are the Sub Committee on modalities for the involvement of host communities in the ownership of petroleum assets in Nigeria; the sub-committee on infrastructural development; the environmental clean-up and remediation sub-committee; the disarmament, rehabilitation and re-integration sub-committee, and the oil and gas assets protection sub-committee.

The committee noted with satisfaction that the sub-committees were already meeting and working on the relevant aspects of the programme according to their individual terms of reference.


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