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By Bolaji Ogundele,
EX-AGITATORS in the Niger Delta region are calling on the federal government to fulfil its promise to engage them with pipeline surveillance jobs.
In a statement made available to The Nation, the former militants said their patience is wearing out, having waited on the presidency for three years to no avail.
Urging the presidency, including the current amnesty boss, Professor Charles Dokubo, and relevant security agencies to intervene, they called for the needful to be done.
Speaking on behalf of the former militants, a leader of Peretorogbene Community in Bayelsa State, Comrade Bossman Abodedike, stated that the promise to engage the youths was reached during one of the peace meetings with former coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. General Paul Boroh, held in the creeks.
He revealed that the meeting, which was organised to persuade the “boys” to lay down their arms for smooth oil and gas operations, had relevant stakeholders and ex-agitators of the Niger Delta in attendance.
Abodedike, while stressing that implementation of the said agreement has not been reached till date, quoted Boroh to have stated, “The Niger Delta is a serious concern to the federal government, it was revealed in a security meeting. The intention of the federal administration is to engage our youths on pipeline surveillance job. Each community will be responsible for the provision of pipeline security in their community.”
Source; The Nation