THREE YEARS AFTER LATE YAR'ADU FOUNDED PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAMME, GAINS, GAINS SHOWS FORTH
THREE YEARS OF PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAMMME IMPLEMENTATION
CELEBRATION OF GAINS
EXCLUSIVE AMNESTY REPORT BY CHIEF CERUTTI OSAGIE
THe late American charismatic leader must be on the minds of former Nigeria's head of state, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua when he divulged tham : ''My fellow American ,ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country''
IN 2009,precisely in the early morning of JUNE 25 , the then Head of state and commander in chief of the Armed Forces, President , Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua ,and his then Vice, Dr Goodluck Jonatthan,made history when he proclaimed a 60 days unconditional amnesty for militant in the Niger Delta as a landmark step toward resolving the chronic crises in that region
THAT historic day has now turned out to be a most remarkable mark in Nigeria’s history as the body only last week counted the gain of the Amnesty body-
ACHIEVEMNNT OF THE BODY
Indeed Four years after the Federal Government of Nigeria, headed then by President Umaru Yar' Adua, made, the Presidential Amnesty Proclamation, and three years after the implementation of the Amnesty Programme meant to arrest the scourge of armed militancy in the Niger Delta, the proverbial water that has passed under the bridge has not only swept an old order away: it has also delivered a new system enabling Nigeria, its government and citizens to prospect for a future of progress, peace and harmony.`
Before then, it was a dreary situation. Armed youths virtually held the nation by this jugular with ceaseless attacks on oil installations in the region. These bad disastrous consequences on the nations and its citizens just as several multinational companies relocated not only from the area hut also from Nigeria. The country lost billions of naira that would have accrued from oil revenue to the Federation Account.
There was also a concomitant drop in our oil production to as low as 700,000 barrels per day from a potential 2.2million barrels per day. In 2008 alone, at the height of the crisis it was estimated that more than N3 Trillion was lost as a result of the attacks on oil facilities.
The core mandate of the Presidential Amnesty Officel led by Hon. Kingley Kuku is with a three-pronged: Disarm, Demobilize and Reintegrate (DDR) into evil society the 30,000 former 'Niger Delta algitators now captured in tile. programme. Pursuant to this mandate, these ex-agitators have been disarmed and demobilized and are in various stages of reintegration.