The Niger Delta Youth for Peace and Progress group has criticised rumoured plans to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme
Chairman Board of Trustees of the group, Kennedy West says any try and scrap the programme might result in grave penalties on the nation’s financial system.
In an unique interview with DAILY POST in Yenagoa on Friday, West claimed there have been actions by the federal authorities which suggests underground plots to scrap the amnesty scheme, a transfer he stated might be to the detriment of the individuals of the area.
In response to him, branding the present coordinating committee of the amnesty programme led by Col. Milland Dikio (rtd) as “interim” by the federal authorities leaves a lot to be desired.
“In case you can recall, a few month in the past, we heard our Ijaw father, Pa E.Ok. Clark and different notable leaders of the Niger Delta cried out that the federal authorities was planning to wind down the amnesty programme however we thought it was a joke.
“However the current physique language of the federal government exhibits that they’re on the transfer to finish the programme. There has by no means been a time that the amnesty programme had an interim administrator. What’s that phrase ‘interim’ doing there?
“We had Paul Boro as a coordinator, we simply had Prof. Charles Dokubo as coordinator, then why the interim now? There are another antics which are a pointer to that impact.
“In case you undergo the correspondence on how Prof. Charles Dokubo was eliminated, you can find out that six months earlier than Dokubo was suspended, there was a committee referred to as caretaker committee headed by the current Nationwide Safety Adviser.
“The query you’ll ask your self is that’s it attainable that whereas Prof. Charles Dokubo was amnesty coordinator, there was a pseudo committee that was not recognized to the general public behind him, giving him directions? It was that committee that beneficial to Mr. President, that Dokubo needs to be eliminated even after they discovered nothing in opposition to him.
“It’s unhappy to notice that each one the Niger Delta contractors to the amnesty programme haven’t been paid. Not too way back, you noticed a protest of contractors not being paid. All contractors from the north have been paid. Why is it that the Niger Delta contractors haven’t been paid? All of that is to see that our individuals are pissed off
“By the North/East Improvement Fee, they wish to ship repentant Boko Haram members overseas to go and examine however since this authorities got here in, there have been efforts to deliver all our individuals which are finding out overseas again to Nigeria.
”The federal authorities is aware of the results that can befall the financial system as soon as they wind up the programme. You don’t want to listen to it from me.
“Allow us to perceive that the Niger Delta by no means begged for amnesty, the federal authorities pleaded with them and in their very own volition and with calls from fathers and elders of the area, they determined to sheath their weapons.
“Eleven years down the road, the federal authorities ought to ask themselves whether or not they have been capable of hold to their promise. They need to ask themselves whether or not they have been capable of develop the Niger Delta area”.