Former agitators of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) have issued a warning against the discontinuation of the program, asserting that those advocating for its termination are not genuinely concerned about the well-being of the people in the Niger Delta area.
The former agitators associated with the Second Phase Amnesty Ex-Agitators Forum, in response to a group’s plea for the programme’s elimination, have revealed that their inquiries have unearthed that the individuals urging for the programme’s dissolution are not from the local region.
Yesterday in Yenagoa, the National Spokesman of the Second Phase Amnesty Ex-Agitators Forum, ‘Gen’ Salvation Ibena Rufus, issued a statement emphasizing that no genuine son of the Niger Delta or beneficiary of PAP would call for the termination of the programme or the dismissal of Major Gen. Barry Ndiomu, retired. He pointed out that under Ndiomu’s guidance at PAP, beneficiaries have experienced unprecedented benefits, rejuvenating the program.
He stressed that the primary request of influential figures in the Niger Delta since the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu is the confirmation of Major Gen. Ndiomu, retired, as the Principal Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. He further noted that the registered beneficiaries express appreciation for the exceptional performance of the interim administrator.
Rusfus said: ‘We are in harmony with genuine stakeholders from the region on the call for President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to confirm Maj. General Barry Tariye Ndiomu, reted, as the substantive boss of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, and we are urging these faceless characters and desperate political jobbers to leave the Presidential Amnesty helmsman alone to concentrate on his onerous task of taking the Presidential Amnesty Scheme to greater heights.’
‘We have it on good authority that the authors and sponsors of the calls for scrapping of the PAP are not from the Niger Delta region. Our intelligence gathering suggest that the motive behind the blistering media warchest is to compel the new government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to terminate and liquidate the Presidential Amnesty Scheme.’
‘No true son or daughter of Niger Delta and a beneficiary of the PAP would seek or call for the sack of Major Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu,red,. Under his watch as an Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, a breath of fresh air has been injected into the scheme, true beneficiaries of PAP have not had it so good in recent times.’
‘It is laughable, preposterous and ludicrous that these faceless characters claimed that the sum of N2.5 billion in the coffers of the Presidential Amnesty Corporative Loan Scheme has vanished into thin air. There is no iota of truth in this unfounded allegation.’
‘What these uninformed and faceless characters failed to understand is that, the alleged N2.5 billion was a seed money to kick start the laudable initiative and so far more than 1000 delegates have benefited from the soft loan depending on what you intend to do with the money.’
‘The wisdom behind the Presidential Amnesty Scheme ( Beneficiaries) Cooperative Society Limited ,PAPCOSOL, is to ensure that delegates and beneficiaries of the PAP initiative do not rely on N65, 000 monthly stipend paid to ex – agitatators till eternity. And an Advisory Board headed by an illustrious son of the region a Rtd. Supreme Court Justice, HRM F. F Tabai and other prominent sons and daughters of the region with impeccable records and standing are duly informed of every financial dealings as regards the corporative loan scheme.’