Ex-militant leaders under the aegis of the Niger Delta Reformed Ex-agitators Association has called on the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta and coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Professor Charles Dokubo to be wary of corrupt elements within the amnesty office, calling on him to weed them out to void same pitfalls that befell his predecessor, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh.
The former militant leaders, drawn from the nine states of the Niger Delta region said though they commended President Muhammad Buhari on his appointment as the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta and coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, they called on him to beware of the bad eggs in the amnesty office that misled his predecessor and created impediments for the smooth and effective implementation of the programme mandate.
The group, in a statement issued via email and signed by its National President, General Ebiowe Ayado, said: “The group is very confident that Prof. Charles Dokubo will effectively deploy his robust wealth of experience to pilot the affairs of the amnesty office to greater heights.
“However, we hereby call on him to beware of the bad eggs in the amnesty office that misled his predecessor and created impediments for the smooth and effective implementation of the mandate of the presidential amnesty programme.
“He should weed out the bad eggs and inject fresh blood into the programme and engage very patriotic and committed persons as his aides to enable him actualize his mandate.
“He should do away with all the aides that misled the former S.A, Paul Boroh, and appoint only very honest and dedicated aides to help him succeed in his new assignment. He should never recycle or engage all those who have questions bothering on corruption and other illegalities to answer under his predecessor.
“It is our very strong position that for the new S.A and coordinator of the programme to succeed, he must sanitize the office and bring in some critical stakeholders to help him in the discharge of his duties.
“He should also distance himself from vendors like Hilda Dokubo & Co. who, instead of executing contracts awarded to them, made away with funds meant for the presidential amnesty delegates and abandoned their contracts at the expense of the programme and the delegates. Such vendors should never be given any such opportunities under this new administration.
“We are also using this medium to thank President Muhammedu Buhari for the sustenance and continuation of the amnesty programme as his kind gesture has entrenched the hitherto fragile peace in the Niger Delta region.
“We are, however, calling on Mr. President to facilitate the timely and speedy release of budgetary allocations meant for the programme to enhance the activities of the amnesty office.
“Finally, we call on Prof. Charles Dokubo to ensure prompt payment of the monthly stipends of the amnesty beneficiaries and ensure that they are properly trained and empowered in accordance with the spirit of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.”