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Post-amnesty: Uduaghan parleys with ex-militant leaders

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—EX-MILITANT commanders drawn from various camps that hitherto were operational during the creek war met with Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, expressing confidence that the meeting had afforded them the opportunity to address most of their immediate problems.

Rising from a close door meeting at Government House Asaba on Wednesday with the state governor and some selected top government officials, the ex-militant commanders, including John Togo, popularly known as “General”, told newsmen that the meeting has offered them the opportunity to address various perceived problems.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan called them to the close door meeting to brainstorm the post-amnesty programme.

At the end of the meeting, the ex-militants noted that the meeting was a healthy development, as it would enhance the needed peace in the Niger Delta.

The governor had earlier solicited the support of the World Bank in re-building the towns and villages that were destroyed in riverine areas in May this year during the JTF/militants clash.

He stated this while receiving the Country Programme Director of World Bank, Mr. Onno Ruhl, and his team during a courtesy visit.

According to him “as part of the state post-amnesty programme, we are strengthening the capacity of DESOPADEC management.

“We are re-building some of the destroyed and neglected cities of the military crisis of May 13. We seek the support of the World Bank to enable us complete the challenges in this regard.

“I assure you of our commitment to the partnership with World Bank. We are committed to ensuring good governance, transparency and the people having maximum benefit from what God has given them.

He explained that the formation of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) was one of the strategies adopted to ensure economic transformation of the riverine communities.


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