The Ondo State Government on Wednesday announced that the federal government will on November nine, incorporates ex-militants in the riverine area of the State, who are willing to surrender their arms for the Amnesty programme.
It will be recalled that the State government played a crucial role in the release of the six Senior Secondary School Students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, who were abducted on May 25, 2017 by the suspected militants.
One of the conditions given by the Armed bandits, who had been operating in the riverine area of Lagos, Ogun and Ondo States, was that the state government will speak on their behalf on how they would benefit from the Amnesty programme.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Agboola Ajayi at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, while addressing the college’s officials, who had earlier visited the state on orientation activities.
Ajayi, who is representing Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN at the event, said the federal government through the state was willing to give amnesty to youths that are ready to lay down arms and embrace peace.
His words, “The president has just approved this, since we can achieve peace through negotiation, we want to engage these boys so that all of them can leave the bush and be part of the society.
“The ex-militants in the Niger Delta area of the state and those that are willing to surrender their arms can be part of the society.
“They can be empowered through Agriculture at this time that the federal and state governments are committed to diversifying the economy.
Ajayi while while explaining the planned programs and policy of the Akeredolu led administration said the government is striving to make the state a haven for investors.
He noted that the state had the deepest and longest coast line in the country that could change the face of the economy of the state and the nation at large.
The Deputy Governor, however said the military was more friendly and responsive than before.
Earlier, the Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo thanked the governor for allowing Ondo State to be used as part of the college’s orientation activities.
Osinowo said the purpose of the visit had been achieved with more revelation of the socioeconomic situation of the visited states.
It was reported that International Participants from Bangladesh, Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi and Mali were in attendance.
Other International Participants that partook in the familiarization tour are, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.