Ex-militant leaders from the nine states of the Niger Delta region have rated high the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari over the implementation of the presidential amnesty programme, agricultural and empowerment plans for the region.
According to the Ex-militant leaders under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative (LPCDI) and 31 other leaders of the first phase of the presidential amnesty program,though the 100% support for President Buhari led administration on maintaining existing peace in the region is unshakeable, the decision of the PMB administration to include the ex-agitators in the various empowerment and agricultural development programs is commendable.
The LPCDI, who made this known during a call on the chairman of the presidential amnesty programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) at the amnesty office in Abuja, declared that with the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to trust the present leadership of the amnesty office, the welfare of ex-agitators in the Niger Delta is in safer hands.
The group, led by the Bayelsa chapter acting chairman, Bull Ifiemi and publicity secetary, Godsgift Ayabowe, restated their support for the President Mohamadu Buhari led administration while thanking him for trusting theaffairs of the amnesty programme to Brig. Paul Boroh.
The group stated that they are satisfied with thegoing on in the region and also praised his effort in the release of monthly stipend.
“We therefore declare our total support for the President Mohamadu Buhari led administration and thank him for trusting theaffairs of the amnesty programme to Brig. Paul Boroh (RTD),” the group was quoted to have said.
They stated their confidence in the management of the affairs of the amnesty programme under Paul Boroh’s leadership and also pledged their support to the presidency and the amnesty office to ensure peace in the Niger Delta region.
The leaders reiterated their 100% support for President Buhari led administration and commended the presidency for the various empowerment and agricultural development programmes going on in the region and also praised his effort in the release of monthly stipend .
The group, however, pleaded with the presidency to consider giving the pipeline surveillance contracts to the youths in the region who know the terrain rather than channeling the contracts to a particular person who will end up doing little or nothing to better the region.
They also pleaded and advised that the modular refineries be operated with youths in the oil bearing communities as stakeholders as this will help to militate against any grievances that may occur as a result of neglect.
He continued that if youths are given the opportunity to be stakeholders in the modular refineries and the surveillance contracts, they have a 100% assurance that no youth will be involved in any form of restiveness.
The group reminded that in times past these jobs have been given to greedy persons who selfishly neglected the youth in a bid to enrich themselves, “Hence the group is advising that anything pertaining to surveillance contracts in the region should be channeled through the Amnesty office because the chairman, Paul Boroh, know the Leaders and youths on ground who can ensure that the contracts is adequately executed and everybody is carried along and happy.”
The group also pleaded with the presidency to prevail on Federal parastatals especially the Niger Delta Development Commission and the Ministry of Niger Delta to carry along the youth and the stake holders in the region.
“Finally, the leaders used the opportunity to plead with the presidency to look into the stipends of the leaders. We, as leaders, receive the same N65,000naira monthly stipends as our boys. This is too small owing to the fact that we as leaders still bear the brunt of the responsibilities and welfare of their boys.”