Ex militants in the Niger Delta have contributed N52.7 million for victims of flood disaster in the region a statement from the presidential Amnesty Programme office said.
Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Mr Kingsley Kuku, who disclosed this, said the 26,358 amnesty beneficiaries in Phases one and two of the programme, agreed to donate N2, 000 each from their October allowances to support efforts of the federal and state governments on the flood disaster.
Already, the PAP chairperson, 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 Technical Assistant on Reintegration, Mr Larry Pepple, heads the committee.
Kuku, 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.
Kuku said “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 added that the committee would procure the necessary relief materials and liaise with the various states government to ensure the distribution of the items.
The beneficiary states are Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers.