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Itsekiri youths allege neglect in amnesty programme

Itsekiri youths that benefitted from the Presidential Amnesty Programme overseas scholarship have alleged that they have been neglected since they returned to the country, noting that they are completely left out of stakeholders’ meetings.

The youths, in a statement signed by their President and Secretary, Mr. Temisan Ikomi and Mr Majemite F. Joe said: “The restiveness that was in the Niger Delta region was because the youths felt left out of their commonwealth. The Amnesty programme was not meant to treat any beneficiary like a pariah.

“Since December 2014, Itsekiri overseas scholarship beneficiaries have been returning after successfully completing their studies. Up to this point, there has been no internship or placement of any Itsekiri by the office and we are aware that our counterparts from other ethnic groups have gotten better treatment.

“Since 2013, when Itsekiri youths were absorbed into the programme, not one of the 300 for skill and vocational training has been sent to any vocational institution within or outside Nigeria.

“The Amnesty office has continued to lopsidedly maltreated us through delayed payment of allowances and omission of our names from what should accrue to us amongst others.

“We urge the commission to ensure that all ethnic nationalities captured in the amnesty programme be represented in the Amnesty Office at Abuja.”



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