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FG partners British govt on ex-militants

By Kenneth Ehigiator

Federal Government has gone into partnership with its British counterpart to provide community re-integration programme for ex-militants of the Niger Delta on completion of their offshore training.

This came as 194 of the ex-militants departed for vocational training in Poland, Israel, UAE and Trinidad & Tobago.

The ex-militants will be trained in marine technician course, crane operations, heavy equipment technician, automotive services technician, instrumentation and industrial maintenance as well as pilot and cabin crew training.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, the

collaboration between Nigeria and the UK Department for International Development, DFID, is part of the contributions of the international community to bring lasting peace and development to the Niger Delta in particular and the country generally.

Kuku said: “As we speak, the British Council is funding a project through its department for international development. They are collaborating with the Federal Government and the Amnesty Office to provide training for the Niger Delta ex-militants to re-integrate them back to their community.

“This is key because the ex-militants may face animosities when they return. The British government is providing a template of training for reconciliation; to train them to be accepted back into their communities. It is a kind of community healing.”



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