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65,000naira salary for militants as amnesty for 10,000 MEND guerrillas 40million naija still unemployed

40million Naija will still be unemployed maybe it is time they took up arms ! or what do you think !


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Up to10, 000 militants in the troubled Niger Delta could benefit from the amnesty offered by the federal government aimed at ending the crisis in the region, which has almost crippled the oil industry.

The chief coordinator of the Amnesty Implemen-tation Committee, Air Vice Marshal Lucky Ararile, announced this yesterday in Abuja at a special media dialogue on the status of the amnesty deal.

Ararile also announced that the federal government has budgeted N200 million to feed the targeted 10,000 militants that will turn up to lay down their arms at the 50 to 60 camps spread across the six Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Ondo and Rivers.

"We are working on about 10,000 militants. Each militant will receive an allowance of N20, 000 per month in addition to N1, 500 per day for food while at a reintegration centre, translating to N65,000 a month.

“Disarmament and demobilisation part of the programme will last 60 days. Thereafter, the reintegration programme is indeterminate," Ararile said.

He said a few militants have already surrendered their arms but declined to give a specific figure.

Ararile continued: “If you compute 20,000 per month by 10,000 ex-militants, we will be talking of billions of naira. This is for the disarmament and demobilization part of the programme, which is for 60 days.

“Their duration at the camps will depend on the things they want to do. Some of skills will be acquired at home while others will be sent to relevant institutions to learn a trade, or back to school for those who want an education.

“For the re-integration centres, we are thinking of either building new ones or renovating structures that are available. But because of time constraint, we may be forced to renovate.

“So in certain cases, we are renovating and in others we will build. The degree of renovation varies from facility to facility but there is no fixed figure on that.”

He called on more militants to take advantage of the amnesty offer and commended the level of enthusiasm so far expressed by those who have already surrendered their weapons.

“I think is in the interest of everybody to end this right now. Most Niger Deltans are tired.

“They are now the victims of this whole struggle. It is virtually impossible for development to take place in the Niger Delta today with the level of violence that we have.

“It is not just development that is affected, even our individual social lives have been completely affected.”

The Media Coordinator of the committee, Dr. Timiebi Koripamo-Agary, added that the consequences of this crisis “as we have seen in Gbaramatu Kingdom, is that it is the women and children that have been displaced.

“This is the reason we think the militants should accept this amnesty and save their parents, their mothers, even their grandparents the pain they are going through.

“If you should visit this camp, you will see a very sorry sight. The activity that led to this displacement shouldn’t have happened.”

Asked if the committee is in touch with Government Tompolo, a key militant, Ararile said there has been no direct contact with him.

It would be recalled that President Umaru Yar'Adua had announced the offer of amnesty from August 6 to October 4, 2009 for all those directly and indirectly engaged in militant activities in the Niger Delta.

Henry Okah, the leader for the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta had all charges against him dropped as part of the amnesty deal. He was released from jail last Monday.

In response, MEND declared a 60-day ceasefire on its "oil war" which has seen oil production cut by 50 percent.

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Comment by Okewale Shinaayo on July 29, 2009 at 12:40pm
I also think that the PDP Adminstration is a disastar to the Nigerian state. Thay can afford to pay terrorist 6500naira but can only pay 9500naira to Corpers. Shame on Nigeria
Comment by Okewale Shinaayo on July 29, 2009 at 12:33pm
The offer is a welcome idea, but this is far from solving the problems. The solution to the problem is true federalism and the call for true National conference.
Comment by henry mark on July 24, 2009 at 12:13pm
any way just belive God that will help us all , bcos this has gone out of play,
how can a person be paid such an amount..... but there are places where money is needed most.
what a shame .........
Comment by john on July 23, 2009 at 8:13am
president yar adua, does not have any vision at all, also this is an avenue to divert funds, they will later come out & tell us 20,000 militants was granted amnesty, the money was then increased, bullshit!!, let we the youth carry arms, & fight our house of assembly members senators and representatives, THEY ARE OUR PROBLEMS, they should all be ASASSINATED. period!!
Comment by Wosu Favour on July 22, 2009 at 5:37pm
the govt is very stupid for taking that measure cos it would not stop there actions, cos other will start up with there's since they can be given such amount of money without labouring for it and it can equally push the some good citizens who are graduates nut not employed into the act of militancy or armed robbery just to get their own share of the govt. money. Like wat is going on in Abia State right now it used to be a very peaceful state until that incidence and the stopping of Okada at some areas in Abia State, those moving around now move in fear of kidnappers or armed robbers. Paying militants or armed robbers off is definetly not the best thing to do.
Comment by tosin love on July 22, 2009 at 10:24am
well it is still better a little,dat money can be use by them to get a business doing at d moment be4 d main job comes
Comment by KING AYO.1 on July 21, 2009 at 11:49pm
The Govtment issick,even their brothers will be enlisted to get money.
Why not spend the money in developing NgerDelta and the boys will have better life?
Comment by ADELEYE on July 20, 2009 at 7:19pm
so i will go and join them it is even good for nigerian unemployed to go and be taking those money.
Comment by eucharia ukoha on July 20, 2009 at 4:54pm
terible
Comment by ONYEULO on July 20, 2009 at 1:09pm
This is huge waste of public fund, it only encourages laziness than rehabilitation. Niger Delta problem is only a microcism of Nigerian malaise, we need revisit constitutional federalism, placating angry youths can last only for a while, lasting solution is only through massive development and empowerment of the teeming youths across d entire country.
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