NIGER DELTA LEADERS WITH PRESIDENT BUHARI

Thecontroversial and turbulent Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP can beterminated or bring to an end if certain conditions are met and fully implemented.

NigerDelta stakeholders sounded out the agreement that a terminal date after full integrationof the 30,000 beneficiaries of the programme could be agreed upon by allstakeholders.

Theystated this during a meeting with the Interim Administrator of the Programme,Col. Dixon Milland Dikio (rtd.) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday.

Thestakeholders included traditional rulers, political leaders, past and presentleaders of the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).

Afterhours of deliberations, the meeting agreed that the PAP could not runperpetually and should have a terminal date subject to the full integration ofits beneficiaries.

Themeeting also focused on the challenges that had faced the programme over theyears.

Presentat the meeting were pioneer president of the INC, Chief Joshua Fumudoh, formerrepresentative of Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Nimi Barigha-Amange,pioneer president of IYC, Dr. Felix Tuodolo, Chief T.k Ogoriba, President ofIYC, Peter Igbifa, a former president of IYC, Udengs Eradiri and traditionalruler of Gbarain Ikpetiama Kingdom, King Bubaraye Dakolo, among others.

Thestakeholders charged the Federal Government to ensure that the programme wasgiven the needed financial support to effectively implement the reintegrationof the beneficiaries before its termination.

Theycommended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Dikio Interim Administratorof the PAP and expressed hope that he would actualise the objectives of thePAP.

Continuing,they urged Dikio to adopt drastic measures in addressing the rot and corruptionin the Amnesty Office by identifying those who have used the programme as aconduit pipe and sack them.

Lamentedthat the bad eggs in the Amnesty Office have derailed the programme due totheir greed and fraudulent activities, the leaders stressed that until thecorruption cabal was flushed out, the usual crisis that rocked the PAP wouldcontinue.

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While seeking support for Dikio, the stakeholders commended him for embarking on the tour to the region, which they described as a positive indication of his desire to succeed in his assignment.

On theissue of reintegration and empowerment, they advised him to consideragriculture as a major component of his plans and also to operationalise thePAP training centres.

Responding,Dikio said he decided to convene the stakeholders’ summit to personallyinteract with the custodians of the region, adding that the meeting affordedhim a better insight into the plight of the people and promised to holdquarterly engagements in the region.