DOKUBO: I WON’T BOW TO PRESSURE TO SHARE AMNESTY CASH
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said he would not bow to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.
He advised Niger Deltans to shun unnecessary criticism and fully support Presidential Amnesty Programme.
He spoke at a meeting with the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association in Abuja.
Dokubo added that he would ensure that Amnesty Programme funds were prudently managed in spite of pressure from individuals and groups with parochial interests.
He said he was unperturbed by the desperation of some persons using the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse funds meant for genuine beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme to people not captured in the programme. “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00 monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend. Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn’t give a listening ear. For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people. As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people”. The President of the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association, Mr. Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed.
He hailed Dokubo for his transparency in the award of contracts and establishing a Job Placement Unit which has created more jobs to people of the region.
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WHAT I'LL DO WITH AMNESTY FUNDS - DOKUBO - The coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Charles Dokubo has said that he has no intention to squander the funds meant for ex-militants - Dokubo said that he will do his best to make sure the funds are disbursed only to beneficiaries of the programme - He urged urged youths in the Niger Delta region to fully support the programme so as to reap its dividends Professor Charles Dokubo, the special adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, has said that he would not succumb to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.
Speaking at a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, October 10, Dokubo urged Niger Deltans to dismiss false criticism and wholeheartedly lend their support to the programme, adding that he will do his utmost to ensure that the funds are shared with fairness despite pressures on him to do otherwise, The Nation reports.
The aide remarked that he was unmoved by the desperation of some persons using the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse the funds to those not enlisted as beneficiaries in the programme.
He said: “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00 monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend. Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn’t give a listening ear. "For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people. "As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people.” Moreover, the president of the Niger Delta Amnesty vendors association, Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed.
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CAN DOKUBO SUSTAIN THE PEACE MOMENTUM IN NIGER DELTA?
When Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo replaced Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd) as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants in March, 2018, one of the responsibilities he was charged with was that of calming frayed nerves of former militants, and ensuring that peace prevails in the region.
Since his assumption of office, not a few observers have been asking if he can successfully carry out this responsibility and ensure that the situation where former militants in the region are in the habit of threatening to go back to the creeks is managed. For analysts, achieving this will depend largely on Dokubo’s ability to, through his good offices, ensure that the mandate perspective of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is met.
Since he became the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, he has, no doubt, recorded laudable progress that followers of events in the region agree that he has what it takes to get the job done. For them, areas where he has recorded successes cut across meeting with over 30 Phase One leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers in furtherance of his peace efforts, and parleyed with 70 Phase Two and Three leaders the next day at same venue. He had also earlier hosted the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and visited a former Federal Commissioner for Information and respected Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in his determination to deepen peace in the Niger Delta. Also, as a first step after mounting the saddle, he constituted a committee headed by a university teacher, Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, to review the operations of the Amnesty Programme, particularly to ensure that the former militants become skilled through vocational training.
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AMNESTY OFFICE DENIES OWING EX-AGITATORS UNDER SCHOLARSHIP AT BENSON IDAHOSA VARSITY
The attention of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, has been drawn to media reports on a purported protest at the weekend by a group of recent graduates of the Benson Idahosa University, Benin, Edo State, who were under scholarship of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, over alleged non-payment of their stipends and allowances from July to September, 2018.
Apparently acting the script of their paymasters, the said group of beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme led by one Destiny Onadiya Perewari, though admitted to have graduated from the university, but claimed the management of BIU refused to release their certificates after graduation as a result of the failure of the Amnesty Office to meet its financial obligations to the institution.
We wish to state emphatically that there is no iota of truth in the allegation as the Amnesty Office has paid stipends and allowances to all our beneficiaries who recently graduated from the BIU.
Contrary to the claim that they were still being owed for three months after graduating from the institution, we wish to clarify that they were paid stipends and allowances up till June 2018, which is their graduation period and month of exit from the institution; they were among the set of graduates for which a convocation ceremony was held on July 7th, 2018.
Specifically, 79 graduating students of BIU under Amnesty Programme were paid stipends and allowances up till the month June 2018, in which all of them had their final examination. It is pertinent to state that payment of entitlements to Amnesty Programme beneficiaries undergoing educational programmes cease as soon as the delegate completes the final examination for graduation. Therefore, the Amnesty Office does not owe the recently graduated students of BIU any other financial obligation on the scholarship granted them since they had completed their studies and exited the institution.
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