Ibadan - The National Committee of Yoruba
Youths on Thursday urged the President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu
Buhari, to continue with the amnesty programme for ex-militants in the Niger
This is contained in a issued by the President of the
youths, Mr Oladimeji Odeyemi, in Ibadan.
The statement stated that call for the discontinuation of
the programme was unfortunate.
He said that dozens of youths from the region had been
transformed through the amnesty programme and were doing well in the society.
Odeyemi urged Buhari to sustain the tempo of the
Presidential Amnesty Programme and continue with its funding to avoid another
According to him, with the successful implementation of the
amnesty programme, our crude oil production hovers between 2.2 million barrels
and 2.4million barrels per day.
"We call on the incoming administration to sustain the
tempo of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and continue with its funding.
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"The outgoing Presidential Amnesty Programme Chairman and
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr .Kingsley Kuku, and
his team have turned the amnesty programme into a model to evaluate performance
and service delivery.
"The amnesty programme in just four years has succeeded in
training both locally and offshore, about 20,000 youths out of the 30,000
beneficiaries enlisted in the scheme,’’ he said.
Odeyemi said the feat had produced trained manpower to
provide services in the oil and gas, power, maritime, agro-allied and the
aviation industries in the country.
"As at today, almost 20,000 of these beneficiaries are in
various institutions abroad while significant numbers are schooling in some of
our best private universities in the country.
"When these youths are fortified with skills, the Niger
Delta and, indeed, Nigeria will not depend on crude oil alone as its source of
income,’’ Odeyemi said.