A former member of the Niger Delta Peace and Conflict Resolution (NDPCR) committee, Bayelsa State Chapter, Hon. Senior Maciver, has appealed to the President of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, to confirm the appointment of the Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), as substantive administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), citing his new vision of turning ex-agitators into entrepreneurs as a reason for his plea to be considered.
Maciver, who served in the NDPCR committee which was established in 2008 by the Federal Government to resolve conflicts in the Niger Delta region, explained that his appeal became necessary because beneficiaries of the programme and other critical stakeholders in the region are speaking well of his performance and visionary leadership.
In a statement signed and issued in Yenagoa, Maciver further commended Dikio’s new vision of transforming ex-agitators and beneficiaries of the programme into employable citizens which will in turn make them contributors to the economy of the region and the nation.
He said to actualize the vision, Dikio introduced a new model of train, employ and mentor and the concept of constituting ex-agitators into cooperatives in the areas of maritime security, food security and maritime transport is a new vision that is worthy to be embraced and supported.
According to him, the approach of the amnesty boss has lightened the burdens of security operatives through his bottom-top approach in the management of one of the most critical programmes in the region, while identifying his prompt payment of ex-agitators’ monthly stipends and constant engagements with them and other stakeholders as major vehicles sustaining the peace in the region.
Maciver expressed faith in Dikio’s administration, describing the Strategic Communication Committee set up by PAP to address the problems of misinformation as the step in the right direction.
While expressing faith in the leadership style of Dikio, he also urged the amnesty boss to as a matter of urgency convene a meeting with operators and stakeholders in the maritime industry to discuss and device means to cub insecurity along the waterways of the Niger Delta region.
Shedding more light into his appeal, he said issues of sea piracy and kidnapping has crippled transportation of goods and services along the waterways, thereby making the cost of living very high in rural communities of the Niger Delta region.
He said: “Before the current amnesty boss came on board, certain things went so wrong that when they talked about the amnesty programme, some of us would say that the programme had failed.
“But now that the current amnesty boss sees us as part of the programme. We are very hopeful and have faith that something good will come out of this administration”.
Speaking further, he also appealed to all Niger Deltans and critical stakeholders to stop the unnecessary petitions and protests against Col. Dikio (rtd) in order to allow him execute his laudable plans and projects for the betterment of the beneficiaries of the programme.
He insisted that the unnecessary petitions and protests are distracting the Interim Administrator, saying that such actions are not good for the collective interest of the beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme because it has created frequent leadership changes in the past.
He further said “the frequent changes have led to every new Coordinator starting afresh with new plans and projects while abandoning those of his predecessors. This has greatly hindered the stability and effective implementation of the mandate of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
“It has therefore, become imperative for these unnecessary petitions and protests to stop forthwith, so that Dikio can concentrate on his job and diligently execute his plans and projects for the betterment of the beneficiaries of the programme.
“The frequent changes of Coordinators of the Presidential Amnesty Programme isn’t in the best interest of the Niger Delta region and therefore, should be condemned by all patriotic critical stakeholders of the region.”
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