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An Oil and Gas Transparency group, Transparency In Petroleum Exploration and Development Initiative, (TIPEDI) has described as misplaced the sponsored attacks on the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Gen. Barry Ndiomu retd. Over the proposed scrapping of the programme, declaring such attacks is misplaced and protest against the plan should be directed at the Federal Government.

According to thr group, though the Amnesty Boss, Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd) should remain focused and not be distracted, the sponsors of the media attacks on the Amnesty have been discovered based on long term tracking of their activities, it is obvious their motive is driven more out of selfish desires than for the collective good of the people of the oil producing areas.

Executive Director, International Monitoring, TIPEDI, Mr Igho Derek, in a Press Statement issued via electronic mail from London, UK, said, “we say this because it is our belief that all the frivolous and baseless accusations being made against Gen. Barry Ndiomu so soon after his assumption of office, are designed to distract his attention from the work on hand, knowing full well that he has a very short window within which to deliver on the mandate”.

Derek, who is a past President of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) UK & Northern Ireland, disclosed that based on long term tracking of the activities of some of those making the allegations against the PAP Interim Administrator, it is obvious their motive is driven more out of selfish desires than for the collective good of the people of the oil producing areas.

“What is particularly worrisome is the fact that it is always one set of people that have been found to serially antagonize and hound past Coordinators of the Amnesty Office once they perceive their interests to be threatened” he said. Adding that “this situation is totally unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue unchecked”.

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TIPEDI therefore calls on the political and Community leaders in the Niger Delta area, as well as the heads of the various groups of Ex-Agitators, who feel otherwise about the winding down of the Amnesty Program, to apply pressure on the Federal Government to continue with the program, instead of allowing few elements to vent their frustrations on Gen. Ndiomu.

“We believe that a man of Gen. Barry Ndiomu’s character and standing both in the military where he served meritoriously and rose to the peak of his career or in his civilian life since retiring from the Army, should be celebrated and encouraged to participate in public service in order to deploy his vast experiences to the benefit of the Niger Delta people and the nation that he loves dearly, instead of being antagonized and vilified unjustly”.

“The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program PAP, Gen. Barry Ndiomu retd. has been advised to remain focused on the national assignment that has been given to him, in order to justify the confidence reposed in him by Mr President who appointed him to the Office”.

The Executive Director International Monitoring, of Transparency In Petroleum Exploration and Development Initiative, (TIPEDI) an Oil & Gas Industry NGO, Mr Igho Derek, who stated this in a Press Statement issued in London, UK, said, “we say this because it is our belief that all the frivolous and baseless accusations being made against Gen. Barry Ndiomu so soon after his assumption of office, are designed to distract his attention from the work on hand, knowing full well that he has a very short window within which to deliver on the mandate”.

Mr Igho Derek who is a past President of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) UK & Northern Ireland, disclosed that based on long term tracking of the activities of some of those making the allegations against the PAP Interim Administrator, it is obvious their motive is driven more out of selfish desires than for the collective good of the people of the oil producing areas.

“What is particularly worrisome is the fact that it is always one set of people that have been found to serially antagonize and hound past Coordinators of the Amnesty Office once they perceive their interests to be threatened” he said. Adding that “this situation is totally unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue unchecked”.

TIPEDI therefore calls on the political and Community leaders in the Niger Delta area, as well as the heads of the various groups of Ex-Agitators, who feel otherwise about the winding down of the Amnesty Program, to apply pressure on the Federal Government to continue with the program, instead of allowing few elements to vent their frustrations on Gen. Ndiomu.

“We believe that a man of Gen. Barry Ndiomu’s character and standing both in the military where he served meritoriously and rose to the peak of his career or in his civilian life since retiring from the Army, should be celebrated and encouraged to participate in public service in order to deploy his vast experiences to the benefit of the Niger Delta people and the nation that he loves dearly, instead of being antagonized and vilified unjustly”.

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