Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku
By Ejiofor Alike
A Warri-based group, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has hailed the success recorded in the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme, saying the programme had restored peace to the oil-rich region.
The group, which reviewed the implementation of the programme, also expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Chairman of the Amnesty Programme and Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku.
In a statement released at the weekend, the President of NDIMRC, Mr. Nelly Emma, stated that Kuku has contributed greatly to the successful story of the President Jonathan- led administration.
“Hon. Kuku is a visionary leader who is looking ahead to a very peaceful Niger Delta region that will bring great benefit to the Nigerian nation. He is one man working very closely with President Jonathan to ensure a very bright future for all Nigerians because without peace in the region, there will be no peace in Nigeria as a whole,” he said.
He noted that the chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been able to arrest the tide of violence in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
According to him, the return of normalcy to the region has jerked up crude oil production as oil companies have repaired all damaged facilities and restored production.
The NDIMRC President also noted that the ex-militants were undergoing one training or the other all over of the world, while some that have completed their various trainings are fully engaged in a meaningful venture.
“The amnesty programme under Kuku is working and we make bold to say that we are proud of him because of the confidence he has brought to the administration of President Jonathan. The success story of the Amnesty programme under Kuku has put an end to destruction of oil pipelines, protests and agitations,” he said.
Emma said the amnesty programme, through the return of peace to the Niger Delta, had boosted the country’s daily revenue profile by N34.3billion.
He attributed this success to the acceptance of amnesty by ex-militants and the dedication of Kuku to the implementation of the programme, adding that “if other indigenes of the region in the administration of the President are working like Kuku, President Jonathan would have recorded more successes than he has done.”
He however chided some oil companies operating in the region for flouting the Nigerian Content Laws by awarding contracts to foreign firms, at the detriment of local contractors, who have invested heavily in building capacity and capability.