FG sends 186 ex-militants to UK, Ireland, S’Africa for training

The Federal Government, through the Presidential Amnesty Programme, has sent a total of 186 ex-Niger Delta militants for both educational and vocational training to the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and South Africa.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, made this known at the weekend while speaking at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos shortly before the ex-militants departed for UK, Ireland and South Africa.
He explained that of the 186 delegates, 60 would undergo vocational training in South Africa as emergency medical technicians otherwise known as ‘offshore medic’, 125 would go for educational training in  UK while only one  delegate  would undergo educational training in tertiary institution  in Ireland.
Kuku added that those going to South Africa for vocational training would spend one year while those for formal education in the UK and Ireland would spend four years.
He urged the ex-militants to be serious with their studies and training while in their respective countries, warning that the programme would not tolerate any form of violence and misbehaviour from them.
He disclosed that as a result of improper conducts by some of the delegates, over 690 have been repatriated and reprimanded.
Kuku said the only way the delegates can make him happy and proud is by performing excellently well in their courses and trainings throughout the duration of their programmes.
He stated that over 341 youths, under the re-integration phase of the amnesty programme, have, since 2013, been sent for educational trainings at various institutions, including Alabama State University, Nelson Mandela University, Liverpool International College, Anglia, Ruskin University, University of Liverpool, International College of Portsmouth and Brunel University.
He listed the countries where the ex- militants are undergoing offshore vocational training to include France, South Africa, India, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Italy and Malaysia.
On post training engagement, Kuku said about  2,000 delegates have being empowered with business start up packages, while 174 have been offered direct employment in various public and private onshore / offshore organisations.
On the terminal date for the programme, he said, “By 2015, this programme would be winding up, because it had a terminal date, we are pursuing this doggedly. From inception, the programme was designed to run for five year which we believe should not be altered.”

Daily Independent
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