Over 800 repentant members of the Boko Haram sect are currently undergoing vocational skills’ training under the supervision of the office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Sani Sidi, said on Monday in Abuja.
Sidi, who stated this at the Public Hearing of a bill on the establishment of North-East Development Commission, held in the National Assembly, said the repentant insurgents were registered under the “Safe Corridor initiative” of the CDS.
He said the programme was conceived to rehabilitate the repentant members of the sect so that “they could turn a new leaf.”
The NEMA DG said, “It is not correct that the Federal Government does not have a plan for repentant sect members. The federal government has set up the safe corridor programme. I do know that over 800 sect members have been registered in it.
“They have exited the Boko Haram group through the programme in line with the International best practice. They are currently receiving various skills acquisitions programme, which is being handled by the military.”
Reacting to the possibility of extending amnesty package to members of the sect, Sidi said the restoration of the formal education, sustainable agriculture, paternalism, infrastructural reconstruction, environmental protection and remediation should constitute the key focal areas of the North East Development Commission.