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Your cover story, Amnesty: Not Yet Uhuru, was another well investigated story that should set us all thinking and make policy makers to take another look at the amnesty policy. They should do something to bring real development to the oil-bearing coastal communities before the people look back and say that they have not benefitted from the programme.

Fidelex Akpo-Oghenebor,

Asaba, Delta State.

The way and manner you brought the plight of the Niger Delta communities to public glare is worth commending. In fact, the story actually demonstrates the true state of things. We need more of such stories.

Percival Williams,

Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The oil producing communities and the coastal communities must be developed and made conducive to attract young adults to decide to dwell in them. Despite the offer of amnesty, most of the oil producing communities are still in a state of squalor. Not until the communities and youths are developed, absolute peace cannot return to our communities, and by extension, decrease in crime rate.

Bathelomen Ebikeme,

Sapele, Delta State.

The tragedy of unemployment, lack of development and total neglect of our rural communities in the coastal states as rightly reported by your magazine are a huge source of worry. Nigerians only need to visit some of the oil producing communities and they will weep for those living in them. Yet we say that we have a ministry that is responsible for Niger Delta Affairs. It is sad. Your reporters need to put more of their searchlights on the intervention agencies/ministries.

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