Former Niger Delta militants have donated the sum of N53 million to flood victims in the region.
Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, said the 26,358 amnesty beneficiaries in Phases One and Two of the programme agreed to donate N2, 000 individually from their October allowances to alleviate the suffering of the victims in Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers states.
A statement yesterday by the amnesty Head of Media and Communications, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, stated that the Presidential Amnesty Office workers also donated between 20 and 30 per cent of their October allowances to support the government’s effort on the flood situation.
Already, Kuku has constituted an 18-member Flood Relief Committee comprising of key stakeholders in the amnesty programme and volunteers. The committee is headed by the Technical Assistant on Re-integration, Mr. Larry Pepple.
Kuku commended the amnesty beneficiaries for their selfless and humanitarian gesture.
He 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.” Kuku added that the committee would procure the necessary relief materials and liaise with the various state governments in ensuring the distribution of the items.