Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta has moved to reconcile difference among the beneficiaries of the Federal Government amnesty programme.
Controversies relating to disbursement of monthly pay had rocked some camps of the former agitators who are currently benefitting from Federal Government amnesty programme.
Some of the aggrieved beneficiaries of the amnesty had petitioned the House of Representatives on alleged non-payment of their stipends by their leaders, especially, Ateke.
The committee which was in Rivers State yesterday on a fact finding mission to the home of the ex-militant leader, High Chief Ateke Tom, in Okochiri Town, Okirika Local Government Area, tasked the ex-agitators on peace.
Speaking, the leader of the House Committee, Hon. Nassir Ali Ahmed, urged the leaders of the different camps to ensure that peace is maintained among their subjects.
Ahmed expressed happiness with the success which the programme has recorded within seven years of its inception, adding that the committee would fast track the commencement of the implementation of the second phase of the amnesty programme.
Ahmed stated that the committee would compel Federal government to speed up the commencement of the second phase of the programme which includes the rehabilitation and integration of the ex-agitators.
He said: “We are here to hear firsthand of how the beneficiaries are fairing and to ensure that all stipends are been paid. We have seen the different leaders of the different camps. We thank these ones for accepting the Amnesty programme in the first place.
“The committee on Niger Delta will make sure that all the beneficiaries of this programme are supported. The second phase of the programme has to do with rehabilitation and integration. We will make sure that this second phase commences and is successful. The national assembly will definitely step up to its responsibility to ensure that there is peace in the region.”
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the President on the Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen Paul Boroh (retrd) said the amnesty beneficiaries in the second phase of the programme would be trained and empowered in agricultural scheme.
Boroh stated the ex-militants would be trained and empowered to own their own farms in line with the ongoing Federal government’s drive on diversification of the nation’s economy.
He added that the ex-militants would be trained in agro allied, fishery, poultry and other areas to be self reliant.
Responding, Ateke promised the team that he would continue to support the Federal Government to sustain peace in the Niger Delta and to resolve the difference within the beneficiaries.