By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— YOUTHS of Niger Delta have been urged to explore dialogue as a means of resolving bitterness, rather than resorting to violence.
Former Director of State Security Service, SSS, Chief Albert Horsefall, who made the appeal in Port Harcourt, while briefing newsmen on the activities of his Rivers State Social Rehabilitation Commission, said all efforts should be geared towards making the Federal Government amnesty programme in the region a success.
Horsfall, who is the chairman of the Commission, said so far, the body had trained about 600 reformed militants on various skills since it came on stream.
To make the rehabilitation programme more effective, he said his body had to set up 18 small business units for the various skills the repentant militants were trained on. He said the units which are being managed by experts, retain the services of the repentant militants after their training period with his commission.
Adding, he said his Commission had also acquired two integrated farms, one in Degema and the other at Ahoada where trainees and graduands of the Commission would be productively engaged.
Horsefall who was flanked by other members of his Commission during the media chat in Port Harcourt further called on the private sector to partner with the state government in the drive to effectively reform repentant militants and make them useful members of society.
He thanked Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for offering to assist in development of the farms acquired by his Commission just as he urged other members of the private sector to come up with similar assistance.