Presidential Amnesty: Ijaw Youths Accuse Coordinator, Others Of Using Programme To Sponsor Foreign Education For Relations, Aides

Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) officers have been accused of deploying about 40 non-beneficiaries of the programme to go for overseas postgraduate programs to be sponsored by the scheme. 

Ijaw Youths Council raised the alarm on Sunday in an announcement issued in Warri, Delta state and signed by Commander Joseph Oyinkuro.

Presidential Amnesty: Ijaw Youths Accuse Coordinator, Others Of Using Programme To Sponsor Foreign Education For Relations, Aides 2

The beneficiaries, who’re mentioned to be shut aides and family members of high PAP officers, will go for postgraduate diploma programmes for a 12 months with their tuition charges and residing bills paid upfront beneath PAP’s schooling coverage, they alleged.

According to the youths, the alleged plan is being backed with an appraisal report back to defend the choice taken by the Interim Amnesty Coordinator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd.).

The group claimed the plan will exclude the official beneficiaries of the programme.                                                                           

The youths accused the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd.) of instructing Dikio and senior employees members on the Amnesty Office to make sure the overseas coaching for the 40 individuals is slotted within the schedule of the Amnesty Programme earlier than its anticipated termination in 2023.

However, Oyinkuro recalled that few weeks to the top of Dikio’s one-year tenure in workplace, which was lapsed on August 26, 2021, at the very least funds for 300 amnesty beneficiaries had been suspended as a result of alleged fraud.

“These are beneficiaries that have been receiving monthly payments for over 10 years without any issues,” he mentioned.

“We have now uncovered stories that Col. Dikio (rtd.) and his shut aides, Mr. Alfred Kemepador, Head of Reintegration and Mr. Emmanuels Agiri, Head of Data Management allegedly conspired to make use of the suspended names to create new beneficiaries for themselves, to allow them obtain the N65,000.00 month-to-month stipend per beneficiary after they depart workplace which can run into tens of millions of naira on a month-to-month foundation.

“We name for the instant suspension of Mr. Alfred Kemepador – Head of Reintegration and Mr. Emmanuels Agiri – Head of Data Management, pending the result of a full investigation as a result of these people should not be allowed to stay on their seats to cowl up their tracks,” he added.

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