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FG posts transformed ex-militants to training institutions

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief
The federal government, yesterday, made good its pledge for further training of transformed ex-militants, as it began the posting of those who succefully completed the non- violence transformational training at the Obubra Camp to various institutions and skills acquisition centres across the country.

“This careful reinsertion of the transformed ex_militants into the civil society signals the commencement of the all important reintegration component of the Presidential Amnesty Programme”, said a statement issued by Mr. Henry Ugbole on behalf of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Toimi Alaibe.

In all, 2,532 former combatants have passed out of the Rehabilitation Camp in Obubra, Cross River State, effectively demobilized and certified as having imbibed the principles of non-violence and ready for the reintegration activities.

It said 779 graduates of the transformational training Batch 1 and 2 were posted to18 training centres – vocational training and apprenticeship, educational institutions within Nigeria, under the supervision of Mr. Alaibe  who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The training centres which are spread across six states of the Federation include PPS and JC International in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, PTI and Scotchville in Warri, Delta States, MasterMinds HRSG and Pendaxia in Lagos State; Peugeot Automobile (PAN) in Kaduna, and the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research in New Bussa, Niger State.

During their classification, the trainees were said to expressed interest in and will be trained in areas such as pipeline welding, underwater welding, ocean diving, crane operations, oil drilling, automobile technology, fish farming and entrepreneurship – grocery, building materials, recharge card retailing and business centers operations.

“Under the keen two years. Pipeline welding 316, Underwater welding, 29, Crane operations 129, safety and Emergency Services 45, Plumbing, Carpentry 11, Automobile 41, Fish farming 47, Entrepreneurship 161”, the statement said.

Mr. Alaibe assured that all former militants who successfully pass through the non_violence transformational training in the camp in Obubra, would  be placed in skill_acquisition and training institutions in line with the Presidential Amnesty Proclamation.

He also clarified that efforts were on to secure employment opportunities for already skilled ex_militants who have successfully gone through non_violence transformational training.

It should be recalled that between June 25 _ October 4, 2009, about  20,192 former Niger Delta militants surrendered their arms and accepted the offer of amnesty from the Federal Government.

Their acceptance of the offer was predicated on the promise by government that the ex_militants would be reformed and reintegrated into civil society.

In July 2010 the Federal Government commenced the crucial second phase of the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) component of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

This all_important phase entails among other things, the staggered camping in Obubra, Cross River State, of the ex_militants for non_violence transformational training and series of counseling.

Mr. Alaibe charged the managements of the training centres and institutions to treat the transformed former  Niger Delta combatants with dignity given that they have become respectable members of the civil society.


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