Amnesty Program: Niger Delta Ex-agitators Meet Coordinator, say There’s Hope

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Prominent leaders of first phase Presidential Amnesty said they lost hope until Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd.), came board as its Interim Administrator.

A statement by organization said the leaders spoke after meeting with Dikio in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State as part of his continuous engagement with all ex-agitators and of the .

Leaders of the first phase in attendance at the meeting were the Speaker of Bayelsa House State of Assembly, Abraham Ingobere; Paul Eris, popularly called Ogunboss; a member of Bayelsa House of Assembly, Felix Bonny-Ayah; Pastor Reuben and Joshua Macaiver among others.

The ex-agitators, who discussed challenges with Dikio at the meeting, said they never had such robust engagement with PAP in the past. 

Macaiver expressed faith in Dikio’s administration describing the Strategic Communication set up by PAP to address the of misinformation as the step in the right direction. 

He said, “Before the current amnesty boss came on board, certain things went so wrong when they talked about the amnesty , some of would say the had failed. 

“But that the current amnesty boss sees as part of the programme, we are very hopeful and have faith that something good will come of this administration”.

Dikio, in his response, stressed the need for of the amnesty programme to think beyond the N65,000 monthly stipend.

According to him, his new model of train, employ and mentor programme was designed to make ex-agitators employers of labour

He said, “We will collaborate with the various levels of government in the region to ensure we get the best of people in the Niger Delta. We are working to ensure that people in the Niger Delta are also able to attain heights, regardless of status.”

Dikio insisted that the scholarship of the PAP must be based on merit explaining that 70 per cent would be allocated for the ex-agitators, 20 per cent for impacted communities and 10 per cent for PAP’s discretion. 

He promised to look into the complaints and concerns of the ex-agitators on the reorganisation of the programme’s offices for effective service delivery.

He said, “Niger Delta as a riverine area should be investing heavily on maritime transport and . Maritime transport should be our domain. We must own it because it is who we are. This Niger Delta will be the best place to live and do business in my lifetime. I know that for sure.”