Sixty-six Niger Delta former militants have been screened at the Oron Sports Stadium, Akwa Ibom as part of the on-going Presidential Amnesty Sport for Peace Initiative’s sports process in the restive region. They were screened between Wednesday and Friday by a three- man coaching crew of Sia-One Sports Academy, headed by Dipreye Teibowei.
Also on the entourage to Oron were Dennis Dimie Siasia, Head, Logistics/Admin from Sia-One Sports Academy and the Presidential Amnesty Liaison officer, Piriye Kiyaramo.
Teibowei said about 30 out the number will be selected for training at the Sia-One Academy. The training, sponsored by the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen Paul Boroh (Rtd) is part of the process of reintegrating ex-agitators back to their communities with sustainable source of livelihoods.
In attendance at the screening exercise, was the leader of ex-agitators in Akwa Ibom state, General Nico Sintei, who facilitated the process.
Former Super Eagles Chief Coach who is also the founder of Sia-One Sports Academy Samson Siasia urged the Federal Government to continue the good work is doing in reshaping the lives of the agitators in Niger Delta areas.
“We just did the screening of the agitator 2 days ago in Oron . 66 of them came out to participate. Federal government need to continue the support for this Amnesty programs that will change Niger Delta states for good”, Siasia disclosed.