The new interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd.), says the programme has derailed from its original objectives, noting that people who are not Niger Deltans are being awarded scholarships contrary to the design of the scheme.
Ndiomu said this on Saturday during his visit to the the Pere of Gbaramatu, H.R.M. King Williams Ogoba Oboro Gbaraun II, at his palace.
He also held a meeting with Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, and other critical stakeholders in the Niger-Delta region, seeking their cooperation on the effective winding down of the scheme.
Ndiomu, who visited ex-agitator at his country home in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West LGA, Delta State, urged for cooperation.
It was learnt the meeting was in continuation of an ongoing consultation by Ndiomu with critical stakeholders on his new mandate for PAP.
Ndiomu sought the cooperation of Tompolo on his mandate to systematically bring PAP to its termination stage, commending him for his recent feat in the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to his company by the Federal Government.
Earlier, the PAP boss paid homage to the the Pere of Gbaramatu, H.R.M. King Williams Ogoba Oboro Gbaraun II, at his palace.
Ndiomu said he was on a familarisation tour of the kingdom to intimate stakeholders on the new directive of the government about the amnesty programme.
He said, “I want to assure His Royal Majesty that I will come back within a few weeks, because we are returning again for proper, much more comprehensive stakeholders’ consultation.’’
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