The newly appointed Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Chief Dennis Brutu Otuaro (Ph.D), has mapped out some areas to be focused.

He said his mission in the Presidential Amnesty Office under him would render quality service to the Niger Delta region and the nation, stressing that there would be no room for failure.

Otuaro promised to bring the programme closer to the people

The technical assistant to the former interim administrator, Maj Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), Mr Ita Henshaw, handed over the notes to Otuaro in a brief ceremony in Abuja on Monday.

Chief Otuaro, in his inaugural speech on Monday, 18th March, laid out a clear vision for the future of the programme aimed at bringing positive impact on the Niger Delta region.


Outlining some key points, the new Administrator, in his inaugural speech, appealed to all staff to “back the crowd and face the job” as he proposes a vision for a more inclusive, efficient and accountable Presidential Amnesty Programme, grounded in the principles of service and cooperation.

Here are five key points from his speech:

1. Bringing the Programme Closer to the People: Dr. Otuaro emphasized his commitment to prioritizing proximity in the implementation of the PAP. He pledged to engage directly with grassroots communities to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs addressed.

2. Emphasizing Cooperation and Collaboration: Dr. Otuaro called for cooperation among staff members and stakeholders, stressing the importance of working together effectively to achieve greatness. He underscored the need for unity in pursuit of the programme’s objectives.

3. Commitment to Service and Accountability: Dr. Otuaro expressed his dedication to serving the people and the country, stating that the assignment is for the benefit of humanity. He reassured stakeholders that he would not pursue personal goals, but rather prioritize the interests of the Niger Delta community and the nation as a whole.

4. Streamlining Operations for Efficiency: Dr. Otuaro pledged to streamline operations within the PAP, aiming to minimize excuses and ensure that resources are used judiciously. He emphasized the importance of efficiency and effectiveness in governance.

5. Optimism for the Future: Despite the challenges ahead, Dr. Otuaro expressed optimism for the future of the PAP and the Niger Delta region. He thanked staff members for their support and urged them to embrace the serious task at hand with determination and focus.

Chief Dennis Otuaro holds a Ph.D in Comparative Politics & Development Studies; MSc in Public Administration and a B.Sc in Education.

He had previously served as a top-level executive of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with experience across multiple sectors, including infrastructure development, security, environmental remediation as well as oil and gas.

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