In an effort to keep ex-militants of the Niger Delta region busy and relevant to the society, a total of 208 of the ex-militants are currently studying various degree programmes at Nigeria’s premier private university, Igbinedion University, Okada, under a scholarship platform sponsored by the federal government’s amnesty programme.
This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Matter and Chairman, Federal Government Amnesty Committee, Hon. Kingsley Kuku last weekend during the 13th Founders’ Day anniversary of the Igbinedion University, Okada.
Represented by Lawrence Pepple, the Technical Assistant/Head, Re-integration department in the Presidency, Kuku disclosed that 18 other ex-militants who were trained at South Africa recently acquired their private pilot licenses, and were currently training to acquire their commercial pilot licenses.
According to him, over 26, 000 registered ex-militants were being groomed by the agency for re-integration into the society through various skill acquisition programmes across the nation and overseas.
Mr. Kuku however did not disclose how much the federal government has so far expended on the scholarship and other programmes for the ex-militants.