Amnesty programme: How verification exercise exposed beneficiary getting money for 400 people – Dikio

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The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Dixon Dikio (retd), has said that the ongoing verification exercise in the PAP to remove ghost beneficiaries from its payroll, had revealed various corrupt practices in the system.

He mentioned that one of the discoveries during the verification exercise an unnamed person collecting money meant for 400 people.

Dikio stated this during a meeting with
the leaders of phases one to three of the amnesty beneficiaries in Agadagba-Obon, Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State this week.

The PAP administrator said there no going back in the reform of the programme in spite of various criticism against him.

He said, “One of the major discoveries of the ongoing verification how a particular unnamed person has been receiving, for years, monies meant for 400 in connivance with some government officials.”

He also noted that though accounts belonging to some of ex-agitators, were suspended during the exercise but it did not translate to total cancelation of the account and their issue would be looked into. He also expressed assurance that all cleared accounts would be paid outstanding stipend arrears,

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Dikio maintained that his vision for the PAP anchored promoting entrepreneurship and building a peaceful Delta that would be a reference point as an ideal place to live and do business because of its climatic stability.

While calling all those with whatever complaints to use the available channels including the PAP call centre number to lodge their complaints, the administrator declared that he determined to leave a strong legacy for posterity to judge him.

“I am not deterred by those, who have made me their project to criticize. The reforms we have embarked are not targeted at anyone or group but to sanitize the system,” he said.

Speaking at the meeting, one of the ex-agitators at the meeting, Bibopere Ajube, aka shoot-at-sight, decried the incessant petitions and court cases instituted against the amnesty office, stressing that such actions were mere acts of distraction by anti-progressive forces in the region.

He charged leaders of the various phases to work for the actualisation of the new PAP vision introduced by Dikio to accelerate development of the region and ensure sustained peace.