BY Pat PA Okon
THE Rivers State Government has assured Ex-agitators who accepted the olive branch and keyed into the amnesty programme that Government is making concerted efforts to give them a sustainable source of livelihood.
Deputy Governor,Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo disclosed this whilespeaking to ex-agitators who met her during an inspection tour ofsome on-going Rivers State Government Projects in Degema LocalGovernment Area.
Dr.Banigo commended them for keeping the peace and for voluntarilysurrendering their arms and ammunitions without any monetaryinducement, noting that since they have decided to be useful citizensto themselves and the society at large, they should be patient andresist the temptation of going back to the creeks.
She said “the State Chief Executive, NyesomEzenwoWike, is notinterested in giving you pea nuts which will last for a short time, hewants to give you something that is sustainable to take care of you on a long-term basis”.
Earlier Mr.Diepriye Tobin who led the ex-agitators to meet theDeputy Governor at the inspection site said they have surrenderedtheir arms and stopped all forms of hostilities, noting that theyexpect Government to quickly provide an alternative source oflivelihood forthem. This according to him will promote peaceful co-existence and integration into the society.