The Coalition of All Progressives Congress Support Groups says the approval of additional N55 billion by Federal Government for the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme is a proof of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration commitment to the development of the region.
Amb. Sokari Afiesimama, the National Publicity Secretary of the coalition, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday that the groups also commended the president for immediate release of N30 billion out of the amount.
According to the groups, the release of the money will quicken rapid development in the region.
He said the coalition, led by Amb. Munir Lawal, lauded the directive of the Federal Government to re-open the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta, noting that the university would serve as requisite study centre for the youth.
“The coalition has been on the geo-political zonal tour to Niger Delta Communities to educate, sensitise and advocate mass youth support for the re-opening of the Maritime University.
“We are glad for the response of Buhari’s administration to release timely intervention which truly indicates that the coalition is working with a presidency.
“We hope that the release of N30 billion out of the N55 billion will impact positive change on the region if the funds are effectively utilised for skills and vocational trainings,’’ Afiesmama said.
He said the coalition has also mobilised youths and groups and persuaded them to key to the new vision Nigeria project of President Buhari.