The President, Commander in Chief of the Armed forces of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua GCFR, on June 25, 2009, proclaimed a 60-day unconditional amnesty period for militants in the Niger Delta, as a step towards resolving the protracted insecurity in the region. The terms of the Amnesty include the willingness and readiness of militants to surrender their arms, unconditionally renounce militancy and sign an undertaking to this effect. In return, the government pledged its commitment to institute programmes to assist their disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and provision of reintegration assistance to the militants. These are major preconditions to address wider development challenges in the Niger Delta.
The Vision Statement
‘A Niger Delta Region populated with modern cities with leading edge environmental management practices, economic prosperity, skilled and healthy people and social harmony’
Objective: To contribute to security stabilization in the Niger Delta through the disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and sustainable re-integration of ex-militants as a precondition for medium and long term development
Participants: Ex-Militants who accepted the federal government’s amnesty offer and registered for the rehabilitation and integration programme.
Deliverables and Initiatives of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-integration Agenda
Target: 30,000 Ex – Militants
Duration: Aug 6 – Oct 4, 2009
Duration: 6 to 12 Months
Duration: Up to 5 Years
Collection of Arms and Ammunition, explosives, etc.
Documentation and Biometrics
Ex-Militants Report to Camp
Verification and Documentation
Peace building & conflict resolution
Education and Vocational placement
Graduation & Demobilization
Knowledge and Skills Acquisition
Reconciliation with local community
Conflict Resolution Framework/ Mechanism
Monitoring and Evaluation
Exit of Amnesty
Transformational Training Centres
Partnering Government Agencies, NGOs and Private Organizations, OGIs