presidency plans to spend N35 billion on Niger Delta ex-militants in 2013,
going by budget estimates presented to the House of Representatives Committee on
Niger Delta yesterday. According
to the special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on amnesty programme, Mr.
Kingsley Kuku, the budgeted sum is for skills acquisition and vocational
training leading to reintegration of the ex-agitators enrolled in the
Presidential Amnesty Programme.
stated that 63 per cent of this sum will go to servicing ongoing commitments
while the balance, that is, 37 per cent, will be expended on placing 3,000
transformed ex-agitators in either formal education or vocational training in
the fiscal year 2013.
budgetary figure for the placements of the estimated 3,000 ex-combatants in
re-integration centres is based on the profile from the career/professional
counseling and re-integration classification sessions of the transformational
per cent or 1,980 of the 3,000 ex-combatants have opted for vocational
training. It is estimated that local training centres will be able to absorb
1,000 participants. The balance of 980 ex-agitators will be trained offshore,”
chairman, House Committee on Niger Delta, Warman Ogoriba (Bayelsa, PDP), who
picked holes in the budget estimates, said the committee would set up a
sub-committee to review the proposal of the Amnesty office.