By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—FOLLOWING its soon-to-be proclaimed amnesty for kidnappers and criminals who go by the name freedom fighters, Abia State government has embarked on the construction of 1,000- bed space, well equipped hostel at Asa High School, Ukwa West, to serve as transit camp for repentant kidnappers in the state.
The hostel, with modern facilities, will quarter beneficiaries of the amnesty package being planned by the state government, in collaboration with Federal Government.
The building will have provision for hostel, a cafeteria, modern toilet amenities, modern sewage infrastructure, potable water, a mess hall and halls for spiritual devotion.
To ensure steady power supply, the government had already procured a 100 KVA brand new generator and a new transformer to be installed soon.
For better interaction of the repentant kidnappers, the camp will also have sports facilities, such as football and basketball pitches and a lawn tennis court.
The project is being handled under direct labour, with the active participation of the councils where the problem of kidnapping is rampant.
To ensure early completion of the project, Abia State Deputy Governor, Chief Eric Nwakanma, Monday inspected the extent of work at the site and expressed hope that the project would soon be ready and the amnesty programme fully commenced.
Nwakanma was accompanied by Commissioners for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Emma Nwabuko; Commissioner for Petroleum, Ngozi Ulunwa; Chairman of the State’s Oil Producing Communities Development Commission, ASOPADEC, Chief Sam Nwogu; Transistion Committee Chairmen of affected Local Government in the Area, and other members of State Special Amnesty Committee as well as Lieutenant Apir, Commander of the Army Field Operations in Aba.
He stressed the need for all Abians and stakeholders on security matters to cooperate with government to solve the social malaise caused by the activities of militants in the state.
Nwakanma said Governor T.A. Orji had magnanimously struck a deal with the Federal Government to integrate militants from Abia State into its Amnesty Package and called on the militants to surrender their arms to enable them become part of the programme.