Niger Delta Advocacy Group Kicks Against Call for Ndiomu’s Sack

Niger Delta Advocacy Group Kicks Against Call for Ndiomu’s Sack

  • Niger Delta stakeholders have dismissed the demand for the sack of a high-ranking federal government official
  • Some beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme had asked for the sack of Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd)
  • Ndiomu, who is the interim administrator of the programme, has received the backing of key stakeholders in the region

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FCT, Abuja - The Niger Delta Integrity Group (NDIG) has faulted the threat by some beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) to occupy the amnesty office and demand the sack of the Interim Administrator of the programme, Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd).

NDIG in a statement by its convener, Dr Boma Horsfall, noted that two ex-agitators are hatching the plot - Gen. Paul Johnson and Solomon Adu, whom it claimed has been feeding fat from the amnesty programme by operating multiple accounts since 2010.

Major-General Ndiomu has gotten the backing of key Niger Delta stakeholders. Photo credit: Presidential Amnesty Programme
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Dr Horsfall said:

“Let it be on record that Gen. Paul Johnson and Solomon Adu - the two sponsors of the recently publicized communique threatening protest are fighting back because the new administration of the PAP has stopped their fraudulent practice of feeding fat from the programme.

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“While John has been criminally receiving monthly stipends with two separate accounts since 2010, Solomon has been doing the same with six accounts, all linked to one BVN for the same period.”

The NDIG stressed that the duo are now frustrated by the reality that General Ndiomu is out to rid the system clean, and discontinue all fraudulent practices.

He stated:

“The Amnesty Programme implies that after beneficiaries are absolved, trained and empowered, they are to exit and pave way for others. Sadly, they (Paul and Solomon) have refused to exit the programme after 12 years.

“Deserving Niger Deltans who are highly industrious and are engaged in credible ventures, have never gained access to the huge sums of monies that have been stolen by these two.”
“They must now bury their head in shame, as their malicious attempt to blackmail the highly revered Interim Administrator is already dead on arrival.”

The group enjoined the Interim Administrator not to be deterred in his resolve to reposition the Amnesty Programme while urging Niger Deltans to disregard the naggings of criminal elements.

The PAP which was initiated to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate repentant militants from the Niger Delta, has been plagued with corruption allegations as most agitators have refused to exit the programme more than 12 years after it was launched by ex-president, Umaru Yar'adua.

Niger Delta stakeholders deny calling for Gen. Ndiomu's sack

Recall that the NDIG recently denied calling for the sack of Major General Ndiomu (rtd).

According to a statement sent to Dr. Horsfall, the group stated that it did not author the report calling for the sack of Ndiomu.

Dr. Horsfall said the group holds the PAP interim administrator in high esteem because of his track records and desire to transform the amnesty programme.

Employment: Ijaw Youth Council reacts as Niger Delta ex-militants get jobs had earlier reported that Maj-Gen Ndiomu recently facilitated the strategic engagement and employment of ex-Niger Delta militants in various security agencies and ministries in the country.

Reacting to the news, the president of Ijaw Youth Council IYC Worldwide, Comrade Peter Igbifa, commended the PAP boss for the initiative.

Such employment opportunities range from Nigeria's Civil Defence, Police, and Navy as well as international oil companies.


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