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Report on ex-militants to be ratified Friday

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The report of the eight-man committee set up on the proposed plan of the Federal Government for the re-integration and rehabilitation of repentant militants is to be ratified this Friday by stakeholders in the region.

The decision was a fallout of last Sunday’s meeting of Ijaw youth leaders and ex-militant commanders in the Niger Delta.

The eight-man committee was put in place to review the Federal Government’s post-amnesty work plan which was rejected by the ex-militants at a meeting of stakeholders and former militant leaders in Yenagoa.

Vanguard reliably learnt that the report, considered as more acceptable to the ex-militants against the Presidential Committee on Amnesty’s document produced by the Reintegration Institution, is expected to be presented before the elders, ex-militant leaders and other stakeholders in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday.

Thereafter, the report is to be submitted to the Federal Government’s committee on the post-amnesty plan.

It was gathered that the eight-man committee, led by one of the architects of the Kaiama Declaration and founding director, Ijaw Council for Human Rights, Mr. Patterson Ogon, spent three days to deliberate on the various positions advocated by the leaders of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), ex-militant leaders and other stake holders at the meeting.

Other members of the committee include the Secretary of the Committee and former Nollywood actress, Hilda Dokubo, Miabiye Kuromiema, Owupele JP, Goodluck Emiriah, George Kerley, Mashal Kunoun and the Secretary of Bayelsa Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, Selekaye Victor-Ben.

Confirming the development, a member of the committee, Mr. Selekaye Victor-Ben, said though the draft report by the committee was ready, “we need to report back to the stakeholders that gave us the assignment and take comments and further inputs before we submit or release it to the public.”

He noted that the draft report was the outcome of a close door deliberation by the committee members for over three days and that “it speaks the mind of the Niger Delta ex-militants and other stake holders in the region.”


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