By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—THE Federal Government has been commended for coming up with the amnesty programme for youths in the Niger Delta, as it was a better approach to achieving peace in the region when compared to the use of force.
Speaking at the public presentation of the findings of a study on post amnesty Niger Delta conflict management framework by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Dean of the Faculty, Professor Henry Alapiki, said insurgency declined in the region with the introduction of the amnesty programme.
He noted, however, that some of the issues that gave rise to militancy in the region had not been addressed, stressing that the issues, among which were unemployment, poverty and inequality are capable of triggering another round of crisis in the region.
He appealed to the Federal Government to take urgent steps to tackle the challenges of unemployment in the region and other related issues.