On April 19, 2015 Hon. Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme paid a valedictory visit to Alabama State. In a one-on-one meeting with the Niger Delta students at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa Convention Center, he thanked President Goodluck Jonathan, faculty, government officials, and members of the press, including his team of staff and those who have made it possible in ensuring a successful program during the past few years.
Following the meeting was a Q & A section, where he addressed students concerns, urging them to make Nigeria proud by working hard to achieve their individual goals, rather than personal interests. He also, discounted rumors that have been circulating about the new Government ending the Niger Delta Amnesty Scholarship Programme, and alluded to the fact that the program has a proven track record of academic success and high student retention rate. He ended his statement by promising continuity of the programme after Jonathan’s administration leaves office in May of 2014.
Senator, Abubakar Sadiq Yar’Adua of APC party in his speech, commended Hon. Kingsley Kuku for the successful implementation of the program, stating that Buhari’s administration believes Education is a matter of national priority for the people of Nigeria. He then thanked Jonathan’s administration for harnessing the vision of late President Umaru Yar’Adua who in June of 2009, signed an offer of unconditional amnesty for militants operating in the Niger Delta, In addition, he indicated that the new government will review all recommendations put forward.
Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta in his closing remarks, thanked Hon. Kingsley Kuku for his leadership, commitment, and service, saying his selfless effort in sustaining the Niger Delta Amnesty Scholarship Programme has made a difference in the lives of many students from the Niger Delta region, and a positive impact in the community. Afterwards, he added that he will greatly be missed.