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Not all N-Delta youths are ex-militants – Kuku

By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT—  Governors in the Niger Delta have been told to build capacity among youths in the region.

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and co-ordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, who made the appeal, weekend, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when he met with Ogoni youths, said it was disturbing that many youths in the region were appealing to be listed in the amnesty programme.

He noted that his task was not to gazette every Niger Delta youth as ex militant, appealing to the governors in the region to come up with an alternative capacity building programme for youths in the region, adding that at the moment, he lacked power to accommodate fresh names in the ongoing amnesty programme

He said the list was closed on October 4, 2009 after repentant militants and their leaders had keyed into the proclamation of amnesty by the Federal Government.

Stressing that governors should also come to the aid of youths seeking to be productively engaged, Kuku said he would soon evolve  a special programme to train Ogoni youths on environmental remediation.


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