N/Delta stakeholders kick against plan to replace Presidential Amnesty Programme with pipeline surveillance contract

Some Niger-Delta stakeholders have described as “unreasonable” and “vexatious” the plan by the Federal Government to substitute the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) with the crude oil pipeline contract recently awarded to some persons in the region.

It warned that the plan will trigger another round of agitation and frustrate the campaign against oil theft in the region.

According to the stakeholders, made up of traditional rulers, elders, women groups, youth groups, former militant leaders and stakeholders from across the nine states of the Niger-Delta region, the plan of the federal government was revealed by the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj-Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd), during a “Presidential Mandate briefing” with employees of the Presidential Amnesty Programme on 5th October 2022 at the Sheraton Resort, Abuja, FCT.

They noted that part of the plan to shut down PAP was Ndiomu’s directive to the staff of the PAP to immediately commence the process of winding down the PAP prior to the expiration of his tenure on 1st March 2023; approximately 90 days before the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure of 29th May 2023.

The stakeholders, in an issued statement via electronic mail and signed by High Chief Maxwell Ayamabele, condemned the actions and steps taken so far by Ndiomu, terming his action as “inexperienced, naïve, and disrespectful to all traditional rulers, women groups, youth leaders and former militant leaders that participated in the amnesty process under the leadership of the Late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

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