* Produce Bus As Gift For Buhari 

The former Niger Delta militants granted amnesty by late President Musa Yar’Adua about seven years ago which program was implemented by President Jonathan, have been doing positive exploits in the schools that they were sent to for studies and training within Nigeria and abroad.

The latest batch of such ex~agitators recently graduated from the Automotive Industry school they were sent to run by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd, Nnewi. The company is Africa’s first indigenous vehicle manufacturing plant equally commissioned by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, months after assuming office as acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2010.

The graduating ex agitators produced a 32-seater bus which they presented through the Group Chairman of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd, Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma to Brig. Gen. Boroh, the special adviser on the Niger Delta and coordinator of the amnesty programme for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari as a gift.

General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) on a facility tour of the factory being shown round by Dr. Innocent Chukwuma,
General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) on a facility tour of the factory being shown round by Dr. Innocent Chukwuma,

An elated Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma, the group chairman and chief executive Officer of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company shared this news on  on his social media account last Sunday.

“Today was a very spectacular day for me and for us at the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd.

“First was a facility visit from Reuters News Agency, one of the largest news medium in the world and I granted them an interview on our progress so far since we started Vehicle Manufacturing.

“Secondly I was paid a surprise visit by former head of state, Gen Abdusalami Abubakar who said he came to see for himself Africa’s first Vehicle Manufacturing Plant. Your Excellency, it was an honour receiving you today.

“Thirdly, today was the graduation ceremony of our students at Innoson Kiara Academy, as you all know, they are renounced ex-agitators of the Niger Delta. I was privileged to receive in our midst the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta who is also the coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) who represented Mr President.

“It will interest you to know that these students after undergoing their skill acquisition on Automobile Manufacturing and Maintenance built a replica of one of our buses. I was honoured to present the bus to the S. A for him to present to Mr President.

“I have no doubt in me that the greatest of Nigeria has begun”.

Other former militants have been graduating first class in various universities across Britain and many other countries.

This has gone to validate the views of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua that the boys in the creeks need training and job opportunities, not for bullets to be pumped into them because of their agitation for an equitable participation in the oil industry on their home land.

The Niger Delta region has faced untold degradation of its ecosystem due to the flares of oil exploitation such that the flora and fauna have all but been degraded and traditional economic pursuits in fishing and farming activities gradually becoming extinct.


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