The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) has stated it’s excessive time the ex-agitators graduated from the mentality of receiving N65,000 month-to-month stipends.
Speaking to leaders of the second part amnesty programme in Yenagoa on the weekend, Dikio regretted that the ex-agitators had allowed the stipends to cease them from harnessing their entrepreneurial potential.
Describing the stipend as insufficient, he challenged the ex-agitators to put on their considering caps and key into PAP’s imaginative and prescient of creating them profitable entrepreneurs to allow them to exit the stipend regime.
He stated it was solely affordable to finish the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) facet of the programme to start a post-DDR part of the scheme.
Dikio stated for the area to maneuver ahead, the scheme should be modified from ‘amnesty’ to the Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme (NDSP).
He stated with the present standing “there are things we can’t do and there are countries we can’t enter”.
He stated: “We must establish the Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme. We must change that name, terminate the DDR, and open another thing. I have operated DDR in Cameroon and Angola. As far as this name ‘amnesty’ remains, there are things that we can’t do and there are countries we can’t enter. We can’t make progress sitting in one place. My job is to make you think beyond the N65,000 mentality.”
He stated the PAP was providing a platform to the ex-agitators by way of the cooperative mannequin to allow them to develop and personal practical companies, including that each one the beneficiaries of the scheme should organise themselves beneath cooperatives.
“You must think of how you can graduate from stipends after 11 years. I am offering you a platform. You have to form yourselves into cooperatives. You are better than this stronghold of N65,000,” he stated.
Dikio additionally requested the ex-militants and different youths within the Niger Delta to cease blocking main roads for protests and issuing ultimatums to grease corporations to go away the area.
He stated such public show of violent behaviour was a part of the the reason why most individuals outdoors the area claimed the Niger Delta was not protected.
“This kind of behaviour is making people say it is not safe here. I was to organise a workshop and I chose Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Warri. But they turned it down and I said I would not hold the conference in Abuja. If you are not choosing any of the venues then keep your conference. They later chose Port Harcourt.
“We should all start to think about easy methods to carry corporations again to the Niger Delta. If they don’t seem to be right here, your PhD is in useless. We have informed you that after your scholarship, you will need to work first for Niger Delta for 2 years. It is as much as you and me to make the Niger Delta a greater place.
“We will graduate the programme to Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme. Do you want to stay in a house where the landlord wakes up every time and asks you to leave? Then why are you quick in giving oil companies a quit notice?
“Why will you go and block roads? What concerning the individuals passing by way of the street? If you wish to prosper, do you open your store or shut it? You should open it,” he added.