The Federal Government insists that Presidential Amnesty Programme for the militants will end in 2017.
Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh said this today when he hosted ex-fighters trained as electrical engineers.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, on assumption of office, approved a two-year extension of the programme till 2017.
There have been calls for further extension of the programme, especially in the face of renewed attacks on oil and gas installations in the region by militants. But Boroh, who doubles as the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta stressed emphatically that the Amnesty programme will not last forever. It will end next year.
Th ex-fighters demonstrated their skills to him with a transformer which they presented to him.
He however praised the government of the day for its determination and commitment to the development of the region. He said it would have been difficult for his office to achieve the feat if the president had not given the go ahead to continue with the training of the ex-agitators..
Boroh disclosed that 23 ex-agitators took part in the training which was meant to develop their capacity in transformer maintenance and establishment.
He further called on agitators still in the creek to embrace peace.