Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Small and Light Weapons, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe, has lauded Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom’s amnesty program calling on other states to emulate what he described as a laudable initiative.
He spoke at the Benue Peoples House today at the symbolic destruction of arms to mark the United Nation's 2016 Arms Destruction Day. "PRESCOM would like to commend the Benue State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency Dr Samuel Ortom for initiating an amnesty program in the state which has been adjudged to be very successful by stakeholders," he stated. "It has so far resulted in the recovery of over 700 assorted small, arms, ammunitions, grenades, automatic and semi-automatic weapons." According to him PRESCOM was happy to be associated with the success story in Benue State and would like to call on other states in Nigeria to emulate the laudable Benue State initiative. Ambassador Imohe pledged that the committee would facilitate UNDP's assistance in providing alternative livelihood program for the amnestees in Benue State in exchange for the weapons surrender. In his response Governor Ortom requested support from the Federal Government, international and regional communities as well as local, private, and public organisations which he said was cardinal to the sustenance and fuller success of the Benue program. He expressed happiness that his administration's amnesty program had become a role model and contributed to reduction in crime while acknowledging the contributions of partners including the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, the German government, PRESCOM, the Bonn International Centre for Conversion, BICC, and the Mines Advisory Group, MAG. Representatives of the Bonn International Centre for Conversion and the Mines Advisory Group, Pilar Reina, and Ernst Woest, delivered goodwill messages
PRESCOM CHAIRMAN LAUDS GOV ORTOM'S AMNESTY PROGRAM
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