The Nigerian Air Force says it will continue to support the success of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Daramola said the Chief of the Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this when Prof. Charles Dokubo, the Special Adviser to the President/Coordinator Amnesty Programme, visted him in Abuja.
Abubakar said he was quite conversant with the peculiarities of the Niger Delta, having served four separate tours of duty and spending many years in the area.
He added that the NAF equally had significant presence in the Niger Delta with units in virtually every state in the region aimed at ensuring security and overall wellbeing of the people of the area.
The CAS expressed the willingness of the NAF to provide its facilities and resources to further contribute to the human capacity development drive of the amnesty programme.
He, however, advised the Coordinator to articulate specific areas of interest which could be jointly discussed to develope tailored solutions.
The CAS congratulated Dokubo on his recent appointment and expressed delight with the Programme’s approach to security through human capacity development.
He said that this was in tandem with the capacity building initiatives of the NAF which had, within the past three years, resulted in the expansion of NAF training institutions and establishment of new ones.
The CAS remarked, for instance, that the Air Force Institute of Technology in Kaduna, had been upgraded to university status.
Abubakar said the Amnesty Programme could explore the opportunities at AFIT for the training of beneficiaries of the Programme in Aerospace Engineering and other related fields.
Earlier, Dokubo had solicited NAF’s support towards the attainment of the programme’s twin objectives, which were maintenance of peace and security as well as the development of human capacity in the Niger Delta.
He said particularly, that the focus on human capacity development was based on the realisation that the empowerment of the human being was the most critical requirement for sustainable peace and security in any society.
Dokubo said that the Amnesty Programme was established to ensure security stabilisation in the Niger Delta through the disarmament, demobilisation, rehabilitation and sustainable re-integration of ex-militants.
He said this, as a precondition for medium and long term development, had continued to focus on training with a view to equipping the participants with the necessary skills to be self-reliant, to make meaningful contributions to national development.
The Coordinator added that it was in this regard that the programme desired to collaborate with the NAF to explore available training opportunities within the Service that would complement its human capacity development drive.
Dokubo said peace building processes after conflicts would not be complete without creating the necessary opportunities for the youth.
He implored the NAF to consider enlisting qualified candidates from the zone into the force.