Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nigeria to Reintegrate Fighters in Oil-Rich Delta, Punch Newspaper Says


Nigeria will begin a program to reintegrate former militants in the oil-rich Niger River delta region back into society, the Punch reported, citing Timi Alaibe, the presidential adviser on the region.

More than 20,000 former rebels will be involved in the project, which will provide counseling and career-guidance, the Lagos-based newspaper said.

The former militants, who were fighting for a greater share of Nigeria’s oil wealth, agreed to disarm under an accord with the federal government in September.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Olukoya in Lagos via Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

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