- The coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Charles Dokubo has said that he has no intention to squander the funds meant for ex-militants
- Dokubo said that he will do his best to make sure the funds are disbursed only to beneficiaries of the programme
- He urged urged youths in the Niger Delta region to fully support the programme so as to reap its dividends
Professor Charles Dokubo, the special adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, has said that he would not succumb to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.
Speaking at a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, October 10, Dokubo urged Niger Deltans to dismiss false criticism and wholeheartedly lend their support to the programme, adding that he will do his utmost to ensure that the funds are shared with fairness despite pressures on him to do otherwise, The Nation reports.
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The aide remarked that he was unmoved by the desperation of some persons using the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse the funds to those not enlisted as beneficiaries in the programme.
He said: “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00 monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend. Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn’t give a listening ear.
"For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people.
"As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people.”
Moreover, the president of the Niger Delta Amnesty vendors association, Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed.
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Okosi commended Dokubo for his openness and honesty in the award of contracts and establishing a job placement unit which has created more jobs to people of the region.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ex-militants under the aegis of Justice Group, on Wednesday, July 18, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Dokubo to integrate them into the programme.
The 3,000 undocumented ex-agitators alleged that they were marginalised by past leadership of the amnesty office and the federal government.
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