Obudu - The World Bank has been commended for its contribution to the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta.
Godwin Amadi, member, Steering Committee for State Employment and Expenditure for Results in Rivers (SEEFOR), made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Obudu.
NAN recalls that the Federal Government in 2009, granted amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta who ended their insurgency against government and surrendered their arms.
Amadi said that the contribution of the World Bank to the amnesty programme was a great boost to the Federal Government’s initiative to end the insurgency in the region.
“This is an indication that the world is a global village; it shows that what is happening at one end of the world affects other areas,” he said.
Amadi was in Obudu Ranch for a 2-day SEEFOR project retreat, organised by the National Planning Commission.
Amadi said that the project was one way through which the World Bank alleviated poverty in the developing world, adding that it would help in solving the unemployment problem in the Niger Delta.
He advised the four participating states in the Niger Delta - Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers - to devote more resources to the education of the youth.
“Good education is important in this project because when you are well educated, you know that you are part and parcel of humanity,” he said.
“When you are educated it helps you to know that you don’t have to destroy what you have helped to build.’’
Amadi described Niger Delta region as “a vulnerable region” with high level of unemployment, due to long years of oil exploration and environmental degradation.
NAN reports that the SEEFOR project commenced in the four states on July 31, 2013.
The project is aimed at enhancing opportunities for employment, especially among youths, and improving public financial management in the participating states.