The newly appointed coordinator and special adviser to the president on the presidential amnesty programme, Professor Charles Dokubo, has vowed to do everything possible within his powers to bring the benefits of the amnesty to all the people across board.
He stated this when the Ijaw community in Abuja hosted him on Friday, March 6, 2018 in Abuja.
Speaking to a crowd of ex-militant leaders, youths and elders of the region, Professor Dokubo, who chose to speak in English language “for the benefit of all,” noted that his appointment is a divine one and is “an answered prayer” for Niger Delta region.
He said he intends widening the scope beyond payment of ex-militants but will engage in aggressive human and material developments, stressing that it was time to genuinely bring the beauty of the programme to the doorstep of every Niger Deltan.
While calling for understanding from the people, Prof Dokubo said his doors were opened for all and sundry, adding that he will treat all stakeholders equal in a seeming departure from the past when stakeholders were selectively patronised with little gains for the larger community of Niger Deltans.
According to him, he had been involved over the years in the Niger Delta struggle, saying now is when “I would put those struggles into practice. I am fulfilled to have been appointed and bringing the direct development of our people to bear on my shoulders and I promise to ensure equitability as I manage the office.”
Solomon Debikeme, in his welcome address to the coordinator expressed appreciation to him for what he described as exemplary humility exuded by honouring the invitation of the group, adding that it was the first of its type in the office saying: “No coordinator had ever humbled himself to meet the people directly.”
Corroborating Debikime, the national President of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, NCNDE-A, Eshanekpe Israel, noted that Prof Dokubo has broken the barrier between the beneficiaries and the amnesty office.