Published On: Tue, Sep 13th, 2016

RE-Presidential Amnesty Programme Vocational Training in St Kitts

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ATTENTION: Mr.Omoyele Sowore, Publisher Sahara Reporters.

Dear Sowore,

I read a report in Sahara Reporters today September 12, 2016, about alleged fraud in the Presidential Amnesty Programme regarding vocational training in St Kitts. I wish your reporter had contacted the Amnesty Office for its side of the story before releasing the report and misinforming your readers. This is the proper professional procedure. Let me inform you that there is no such fraud.

A total of 50 persons were sent for the training. That there was a mistake in a media report saying the trainees were 70 rather than 50 does not translate to fraud or corruption.The documents on this are available for any scrutiny.

Secondly the trainees have finished and are not stranded. The Amnesty Office had long ago sent return tickets to all the 50 graduates. The delay in their return is because they need French transit visa and France has no embassy in that country. So the Vendor has had to go secure the visa in another country. This has been done successfully. They are returning to Nigeria in two batches on September 19 and 20, 2016.

It will be appreciated if your media makes the necessary corrections.



Owei Lakemfa. Media Consultant,

Presidential Amnesty Programme.


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