Amnesty: Ex-militant Graduates Hit 20,000

 Amnesty: Ex-militant Graduates Hit 20,000

The Special Adviser to the President and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo on Thursday said the number of ex-militant graduates has hit 20,000 in the last one year.

He also said 2,577 persons are still in school right now including 1,060 persons in not less than 10 universities (both private and government) locally and 1,517 abroad in over 50 universities spread across Europe, Asia, Africa and Americas.

He said the Amnesty Programme in the last one year has empowered and facilitated the set-up of small and medium scale businesses for nearly 4,450 ex-militants.

He said the programme always gets about N65billion to N67billion annually to manage its activities.

Dokubo, who made the disclosures at a briefing in Abuja on his first year in office, said 30,000 ex-militants are still benefiting from the nation’s amnesty programme.

He said the Federal Government still pays N65,000 to former militants on its roll.

He said the next phase of the programme will focus on job placement for its graduates who will later be exited from the roll once they are fully working and earning better pay.

Dokubo said: “Furthermore, since taking over, the number of ex-militants that have graduated has increased geometrically to over 20,000.

Ayomide Oyewole

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