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N’Delta leaders list conditions to terminate Amnesty programme

By josephstanley • 6 days ago • 2035 views • 394 comments


Chukwudi Akasike

SOME leaders in the Niger Delta region have given conditions for the termination of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The leaders, who were among stakeholders at a meeting in Yenagoa, agreed that the PAP could have a terminal date after the full integration of the 30,000 beneficiaries of the programme.

The meeting was organised by PAP’s Interim Administrator, Col. Dixon Milland Dikio (retd.), to deliberate on the future of the programme.

A statement issued after the meeting read, “After hours of deliberations, the meeting agreed that the PAP cannot run in perpetuity and should have a terminal date, subject to the full integration of the beneficiaries.

“The stakeholders agreed that the PAP could have a terminal date after the full integration of the 30,000 beneficiaries of the programme.

“Also, the leaders were unanimous in calling on the Federal Government to ensure that the programme was given the needed financial support to effectively implement the reintegration of the beneficiaries before it finally winds down.

“The meeting focused on the challenges identified to have bedevilled the Programme over the years.”

They called on Dikio to adopt drastic measures to address the cases of rot and corruption in the Amnesty Office by identifying all those who have used the programme as a conduit pipe and relieve them of their positions.

Lamenting that the bad eggs in the Amnesty Office had derailed the programme because of greed and fraudulent activities, the leaders stressed that until the corrupt cabal was flushed out, the crisis that rocked the PAP would still resurface.

They thanked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.),  for appointing Dikio as the interim administrator and expressed optimism that with him, the objectives of the PAP would be realised.


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