3rd August, 2011
The 15th batch of ex-militants numbering 1,500, the highest single figure to be trained so far at a time, yesterday began lectures at the Federal Government Amnesty Rehabilitation Camp in Obubra, Cross River State.
The batch which comprises mainly ex-militants who operated in Bayelsa State reported at the camp on 30 July a few hours after the departure of the Batch B, National Youth Corps members posted to the state who had their orientation in the camp.
The camp Commandant, Retired Major Fredrick Anisa, told P.M.NEWS at the camp that â€œthis batch of former militants are well behaved, perhaps their peers who have been to the camp have told them the success of the programme and its benefits to them.â€
Major Anisa said so far, none of the ex-militants has defaulted in camp instructions and rules â€œand are participating in all camp activities and routine.â€
The camp, which is undergoing a facelift, the commandant said, has the capacity to meet any demands of the ex-militants which is a demonstration of the commitment of the Federal Government to the success of the amnesty programme.
The programme, Major Anisa said, will be two years in October and plans are afoot to have a celebration that would befit the huge success and impact the programme has achieved in the past two years.
A trainee, Tobon Ebi who says he comes from General Don Camp, told our correspondent that they are happy with what is going on in the camp and called on the Federal Government to keep to their promise to rehabilitate them by assisting them to either acquire skill or education.
â€œThe programme is good, we like it but let the government keep to its promise of either sending us to school or helping us to acquire skill,â€ he said.
â€”Emma Una/ Calabar