- The federal government has assured Niger Deltans of an improved Presidential Amnesty Programme
- The interim administrator of the programme, Colonel Milland Dixon-Dikio (rtd.) disclosed this in Asaba
- Dixon-Dikio gave the assurance when he visited Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa
The federal government, on Friday, November 20 said that its Presidential Amnesty Programme has been restructured to positively impact the socio-economic lives of the people of the Niger Delta region.
The interim administrator of the programme, Colonel Milland Dixon-Dikio (rtd.) disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after a closed-door meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa at Government House, Asaba.
The new amnesty boss assured the governor and Niger Deltans that issues concerning the Presidential Amnesty Programme will change henceforth with his coming on board.
He further assured that the issue concerning the payment of students fees abroad will be addressed in no time.
He called on Niger Deltans to air their grievances in a civil way and shun protests as a way of making their voices heard, saying it impacts negatively on the social economy of the region.
Some Niger Deltans on social media commented on the meeting.
Enujeke Prosper wrote on Twitter:
“I am glad that this kind of meeting was initiated for more relationship and partnership between the federal government and state government.”
Kennedy Atevure wrote:
“It's a great move, hoping to see great changes in the Presidential Amnesty Programme under your watch.”
Comrade Onome Gabriel wrote:
“Progressive meeting. More initiative.”
Meanwhile, the presidency has explained why a federal government delegation failed to show up in Port Harcourt, Rivers state on Tuesday, November 17.
The federal government team had cancelled a meeting with South-South stakeholders abruptly without prior notice to the attendees.
The attendees included the six governors in the region, traditional rulers, youth and women leaders, as well other opinion leaders.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, on Wednesday, November 18, said in a statement that the meeting was not cancelled out of disrespect.
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