By Emma Amaize
WARRI â€” GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has faulted the call, by some leaders in the region, for the disbandment of the Presidential Panel on Amnesty and Disarmament of Militants, headed by the Minister of Defence, Major-General Godwin Abbe (rtd).
According to him, the committee has not completed its assignment as some people erroneously claimed.
Some Niger-Delta leaders were recently reported to have called on the Federal Government to dissolve the Major-General Abbe-led committee on the grounds that it completed its assignment since 4 OctoberÂ Â when militants accepted amnesty and surrendered arms.
While addressing ex-militants at Effurun, near Warri at a meeting convened by repentant ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, the governor said the post- amnesty arrangement inclu-ded rehabilitation and reintegration which the committee also had a responsibility to discharge.
He said theÂ committee, according to the announcement of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua and information from the meetings he had attended so far on the post-amnesty programme, was supposed to ensure that â€œour young ones are rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.â€
He said the ex-militants who could still go to school would be given the opportunity to go to school, adding that those who want learn work would learn work, while those that are employable would be employed.
He said, â€œThe committee, headed by Major-General Abbe, is supposed to manage this phase of how to get our youths ready, make them live a new life and empower them. So it is still doing its work.â€
On the construction of coastal roads, bridges, housing and provision of other infrastructures, Uduaghan said from his own findings, the various projects would be executed by the relevant ministries and parasatals, including the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC).