AFTER over a decade of bloodshed and volatility in the Niger-Delta by militants agitating for development by the Federal Government, the European Union, EU, and Search for Common Ground, SFCG, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with the Niger-Delta Professionals in Development, NIPRODEV, have launched an 18-month programme to reintegrate ex-militants in the seven Niger-Delta communities.
Entitled, “Tomorrow is a New Day”, the programme promises to foster peace and promote development in the region. It also seeks to support community-level conflict resolution with special emphasis on reintegration of ex-militants in Koko, Oporoza and other target areas Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
NIPRODEV, a Nigerian-based development organization in Delta State, chaired by Mr. Joel Bisina, which has been operating in the Niger Delta since 1999 is providing capacity training for community members.
According to Mr. Bisina, “Our activities include community assessments and data analysis, organizational capacity assessments and capacity building, training workshops, mentoring and mediation, and socially inclusive collective action for positive change”.
Bisina continued: “We develop and implement high impact, community centred programmes that fall within the thematic areas of community development, democracy and governance and human security”.
An official of the organization explained to Sunday Vanguard, “The project seeks to complement Nigeria’s Federal Government Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta. Search for Common Ground has engaged seven partners to help implement this initiative”.
He added: “NIDPRODEV is among these partners, implementing project activities in Koko and Oporoza communities of Delta State. Koko and Oporoza were selected as target areas for this intervention because of the central role these communities played in the Niger Delta conflict and the strong influence they have on the conflict dynamics in surrounding areas”.