Summary ：Dokubo assures ex-Niger Delta agitators of FG’s support
Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, yesterday gave assurances of prompt payment of monthly stipends and provision of other welfare packages for ex-Niger Delta agitators and their leaders. He said this was vital for sustenance of the prevailing peace and security in the region to enhance development. Addressing second and third phase leaders of the ex-agitators in a meeting held in Abuja, Dokubo said funds budgeted for the programme are meant for the training of its beneficiaries, and not to be diverted into private pockets.Dokubo, who met over 70 leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators, expressed sadness over the complaints of anomalies caused by previous management of the Amnesty Office in the payment of monthly stipends to exagitators and placement of delegates for vocational and educational programmes, even as he expressed his resolve to breathe fresh air into the Amnesty Programme and drive it for the benefit of bona fide beneficiaries. He said: “Today, I am meeting with you one on one. I will speak with every one of you and if you feel agitated by any step I have taken, please tell me. We are going to rectify things; we are going to have all the collective views of those who have gathered here.“I know that you are not the only commanders, but I strongly believe that if you go away from here there is something you will to take home with you; you will take home to your friends and also those who are in your command that this is what I have said and this is the way we are going to approach it. I believe that with you, we are going to move this region forward.” While assuring on fairness and transparency in the discharge of his duties, he said funds meant for beneficiaries will be properly utilised. “I will continue to operate an open door policy; I will give listening ear to leaders of ex-agitators. Let us run the Amnesty Programme in such a way that the bona fide beneficiaries get the benefit,” he added. He urged the leaders not to promote parochial interests, but to work with the Federal Government in the interest of the Niger Delta people by striving to sustain the ideals of the Amnesty Programme.