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Minister Condemns Amnesty Programme in State Governments

The amnesty granted to ex-cultists and ex-militants in some state has been despised by Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Usani Nguru Usani.
The minister, while addressing newsmen after a workshop in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, the said it was unfortunate that the amnesty programme had been misused and abused.
He says what is happening is not amnesty.
“The amnesty has been abused, in my own view, it has really been abused.
“Somebody goes to carry his grandfather’s gun that he used in fighting the 2nd world-war and present and say it’s amnesty. That is nonsense to me, this is my take on this amnesty thing that I see happening around,” the minister said.
Mr Usani’s comments on state governments’ amnesty programme may not be unconnected with recent amnesty granted to over 1,000 ex-militants, ex-cultists and illegal arm bearers in Imo, Rivers and Plateau State.
The minister also told reporter that his mission to Imo State, was in furtherance of a partnership his ministry entered into with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to organise a workshop to assess the validation of baseline report on projects on the Niger Delta region.
The Minister said: “I am in Owerri to attend the discourse on assessing towards validation on the baseline report on the region, the essential perspective of this report is to be sure that whatever we are doing in any area of the region is according to needs and not perception.
“So baseline report has been carried out between the ministry and the UNDP to be sure that we assess the state of inter-sectoral and regional affairs to be able to know in our planning what needs to go well according to demand”.
Challenges of the Niger Delta region is notably underdevelopment and infrastructural dilapidation and about a month ago, the Federal Government said that it had commenced the process of setting up a trust fund for the Niger Delta.
The Nigerian government also expressed a resolve to leave no stone unturned in ensuring a structured and sustained development of the region.
This is coming after the UNDP pledged to support the Federal Government in any capacity particularly in the area of technical support and procurement.

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