By Kenneth Ehigiator

The Federal Government, yesterday, sent 38 former militants to the United States for skills acquisition training, in furtherance of its post-amnesty programme.

The trainees, who were flown out of the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, are to be trained for the next six months in Marine Mechanics at the Wyotech Laboratory Centre in Miami, Florida.

Speaking at the pre-departure media briefing of the former militants, US Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Stafford, said the Federal Government had done the right thing by investing in youths of the Niger Delta.

According to him, the training of the former militants will enable them contribute actively to the development of the Niger Delta and the country generally.

Stafford expressed the willingness of the U.S. government to assist Nigeria in developing the youths of the Niger Delta region.

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