Pay Attention to Amnesty Programme, Niger Delta Leaders Tell Tinubu

Bennett Oghifo

The federal government has been urged to pay special attention to the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
The appeal was made by leaders of the Niger Delta under the platform of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in a communique issued after a meeting on Monday with the South-south leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in Abuja.

“We call on the administration of President Bola Tinubu to accord special attention to the PAP, which has remained a major booster to the critical oil and gas industry, from which the country earns most of its revenue.
“We note that the programme has carried out various training and reintegration programmes, and urge that this should be sustained with greater vigour and funding.

“We advise that PAP continues to be inclusive, to cover all properly accredited delegates and ensure that all ratified benefits are fully paid.
“We commend the Interim Administrator of the programme for the new initiatives to deepen socio-economic impact through the establishment of the PAP Cooperative Scheme and enjoin all beneficiaries to wholly embrace it.

“We call on the Federal Government to continue to improve the conditions for the implementation of the programme, as regards the welfare of beneficiaries, due to the sharply changed economic circumstances, which are currently prevailing in the country,” said the communique that was signed by the Secretary, Board of Trustees of PANDEF, Godknows Igali and the leader of the National Representative Council, Alfred Mulade, among others.

The meeting, the group said, provided “the opportunity to express their thoughts on various existing challenges,” and commended the interim administrator, Gen Barry Ndiomu (retd) for “Demonstrating high management and administrative capacity and competence since assuming office in September 2022.
It also enjoined him to establish liaison offices in the Niger Delta states for the purpose of ensuring effective implementation of activities connected with the execution of the programme.

“We agree on the need to establish an effective single window liaison at the Headquarters of PAP for the purpose of resolving issues which are brought to the attention of the interim administrator.
“We Implore youths of the Niger Delta to continue to embrace peace and work with the government to ensure effective implementation of the Programme and other related efforts aimed at addressing the socio-economic and developmental challenges of the region,” said the group.

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