by Isi Esene
Former Niger Delta militants, nowadays called agitators, have been so moved by the disastrous flood situation in the country, especially in the Niger Delta, that they have contributed N52.7 million for victims of flood disaster in the region.
The 26,358 beneficiaries of the amnesty in phases one and two agreed to raise the money by donating N2,000 each from their
October allowances. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Mr Kingsley Kuku, who said that this was to support efforts of the federal and state governments on the flood disaster.
Kuku, who is also the Special Adviser to the President on Niger-Delta, has constituted an 18-member Flood Relief Committee, comprising key stakeholders in the amnesty programme and volunteers. The committee is headed by the technical assistant on reintegration, Mr Larry Pepple.
Kuku, who is expected to meet with state governors of the affected states soon on the management of the disaster, commended the amnesty beneficiaries for their selfless and humanitarian gesture.
“This is very commendable as it is a practical demonstration of the African spirit and tradition of being your brother’s keeper in times of distress,” he said.
He added that the committee would procure the necessary relief materials and liaise with the various states government to ensure the distribution of the items.
We say amen.