Through the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, the Federal Government has on Saturday revealed a plan to send 109 youths of the Niger Delta region to study diverse courses in universities and colleges in the United kingdom and Cyprus.
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. kingsley Kuku, made this known during an orientation program organized for the youths at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel.
He stated that the youths were not repentant militants and were therefore not part of those undergoing reintegration under the supervision of his office.
Kuku said: “You are not ex-militants, you were not militants and you can never be ex-militants, Never!
“The Niger Delta belongs to all of us. You cannot empower only those who carry arms; if you do that you will be encouraging everybody to carry arms.”
Some of the institutions listed in the program of the orientation ceremony are University of Wales, Cambridge Ruskin International College, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Devon Internal College, Anglian Ruskin University, London International College of Business and Technology, Conventory University and Brunel University.
The President’s aide said 20 of the beneficiaries had secured admission into Inter College, Larcana in Cyprus.
They will be studying Medicine, Biomedical sciences, Law, Business Management, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/electronics engineering, Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering.
Kuku, however, stated that any act of indiscipline on their part that could undermine the image of the country would result in their immediate deportation.