By Salifu Usman, Abuja
Not less than 66 Niger Delta ex-agitators in Akwa Ibom State, who have since renounced restiveness, embraced football to reshaping their lives after undergone football screening at the Oron Sports Stadium as part of the on-going Presidential Amnesty Sport for Peace Initiative in ensuring lasting peace in the Niger Delta region.
Technical director of Sia-One Sports Academy, Coach Dipreye Teibowei led a three man delegation that conducted the 3-day screening exercise at the Oron Sports Stadium between Wednesday and Friday.
Other two member of the delegation to Oron, were Dennis Dimie Siasia, head, logistics/admin of Sia-One Sports Academy and the presidential amnesty liaison officer, Piriye Kiyaramo.
Leader of the team, Coach Dipreye Teibowei, fondly called computer of Nigerian football, said about 30 out of the 66 ex-agitators will be selected for training at the Sia-One Sports Academy.
The training which is being bankroll by the office of the special adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is part of the reintegration process of Ex-agitators back to their communities and ensure the Niger Delta youths were gainfully engaged with sustainable source of livelihoods.
In attendance at the screening exercise, was the leader of Ex-agitators in Akwa Ibom state, General Nico Sintei, who facilitated the process.
Former Super Eagles chief coach who is also the founder of Sia-One Sports Academy, Samson Siasia urged the Federal Government to continue the good work is doing in reshaping the lives of the agitators in Niger Delta areas.
“We just did the screening of the agitator 2 days ago in Oron. 66 of them came out to participate. Federal Government need to continue the support for this Amnesty programmes that will change Niger Delta states for good,”Siasia disclosed.