07 January 2013, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Presidential Amnesty Programme has given the Itsekiri National Youth Council, INYC, two weeks to submit the full list of Itsekiri youths to be included in the amnesty programme.
The decision to give the INYC more time to submit the list of youths from Itsekiri communities is the outcome of a meeting between the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, and executives of the INYC.
Mr. David Tonwe, INYC’s President, who led the delegation to Kuku’s office, admitted that the submission of the list of 500 Itsekiri youths to be included in the amnesty programme was delayed by the challenges of collating names of beneficiaries from various communities.
“We were not able to submit the full list on schedule owing to the fact that we are only facilitators of the process. We had to go to different communities to ensure we have the authentic list as determined by the communities themselves,” he said.