Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman has said the amnesty programme for ex-Niger Delta militants under the direct coordination and supervision of Hon. Kingsley Kuku has been a huge success.
Abatemi-Usman representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the Red Chamber made the declaration in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Michael Jegede, to congratulate Kuku, on the award bestowed on him by Ekiti State University (EKSU) Alumni Association.
The Ekiti Varsity Alumni Association had recently conferred the chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta matters with the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” for his numerous contributions to the growth and development of the institution, which is his alma-mater, the Niger Delta region and Nigeria at large.
The Senator noted that the award was an honour well-deserved for a man, who according to him, is obviously the brain behind the success story of the amnesty programme that has returned peace to the oil-rich region, which was hitherto a centre of violence due to militant activities.
Abatemi-Usman described Kuku as a courageous, fearless and brave young man who was deeply involved in the Niger Delta struggle, and has proven his mettle in the discharge of his duty as the coordinator of PAP initiated by the late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua and sustained by Jonathan.
“I congratulate Hon. Kingsley Kuku, for the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’ bestowed on him by the Ekiti State University Alumni Association. For such a highly prestigious award to be bestowed on him is a clear indication that the association recognizes the good work of kuku not just in offering assistance to his alma-mater, but also in the proper management of the affairs of the Niger Delta amnesty office. The amnesty programme programme under kuku has been a great monumental success,” Abatemi-Usman declared.