An ex- militant, Mr Nature Kiegha who is the President of Youth Rescue International Development Organization , and Secretary Niger Delta Ex-militants First Phase, has said the recent agitation in the region was due to the inability of the Federal Government to create job for trained amnesty beneficiaries in the Niger Delta.
Kiegha who is fondly known as Pastor said some of the amnesty beneficiaries under the Federal government amnesty programme may have regrouped back to the creek due to idleness and lack of infrastructure to practice what they were trained for.
Speaking yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on the activities of the militants in the region, the ex-agitator said there where challenges in getting the youths engaged due to the fact that the federal government failed to secure the enabling environment.
He also claimed that the Federal government lacks good implementation for the Amnesty programme, stressing that ex-militants who couldn’t harness their potentials after training became idle and hopeless on how to survive.
He called on militants in the region to embrace agriculture and give President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration the chance to develop the region.
Kiegha said: “If you look at what Ledum Mitee led committee submitted you will understand that the amnesty is just a fraction of what they were supposed to do in the Niger Delta Region. Secondly, since we all put our focus in the oil sector, the multi-nationals had challenge getting the boys engaged after training them.
“I was privileged to visit some of our combatants in South African, I saw them flying airplane and it was a good one, but as we speak, more than thirty of them who were trained in aviation were not engaged. For me, it seems like a wasted effort. Some ex-militants under my camp who were trained in marine engineering are yet to be engaged.
“To be frank, the people breaking into different name as militant groups may be part of the militants who have sometimes surrendered guns. Because many of them could not harness their potentials after their training especially those of them who were not privilege to be educated. Some are now going back to their old ways.”