Mr Daniel Alabra, the Head, Media and Communication of the Federal Government Amnesty Programme, said on Sunday in Benin that more than 20,000 former militants embraced the scheme.
Alabra, who stated this during an interactive section with journalists, noted that some of the former militants were offered scholarships to study in tertiary institutions abroad.
“Others were sent to acquire vocational skills in addition to N65, 000 monthly allowances.”
He said the amnesty programme had restored hope not only to the Niger Delta youths but to the country in general and suggested that ex-militants be called “ex-agitators’’.
“We are at the stage of re-integration. So, it is proper we give them the right classification because there is a stigma with the term ‘ex-militants’.”
Alabra said that those who laid down their arms and were not properly adsorbed into the programme would be admitted.
“They have groups which they must belong to with their names properly documented; it is not enough for anybody to say he has dropped his arm and want to be captured,’’ he said.
He however noted that the amnesty programme offered to Niger Delta militants who laid down their arms would not continue for forever.
He expressed worry over the recent attack on journalists in Warri, Delta, by some supposed ex-militants protesting the non-payments of their 10 months allowance.
Alabra said that those affected had been arrested.