AMNESTY OFFICE TO TRAIN 2,500 EX-AGITATORS ON FISHING – DOKUBO
The Presidential Amnesty Office on Wednesday said it had signed a deal with leading fishing companies to train 2,500 beneficiaries in the amnesty programme.
Mr Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant, Media, to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty, Prof. Charles Dokubo, disclosed this at an interactive with newsmen in Warri.
He said that the Amnesty chief, Dokubo, gave the assurance that 2,000 among the beneficiaries would be employed after the training.
According to him, the programme which is a Public- Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement will be held in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta.
The coordinator who assumed office in March 2018 had listed the companies to include: Akawe Global Service Limited and Concept Amadeus Limited, both indigenous companies and five Greek companies. “It is a Public Private Partnership involving Akawe Global Service Limited, Concept Amadeus Limited and five Greek companies. “The Greek companies are: FINTRILIS S.A; TEL Western Greece; KRETA MARE; EL MARE and THEO-MAN Limited. “The project involved the building of 100 fishing trawlers in Burutu,” the media aide quoted Dokubo as saying.
He noted that the Amnesty office had commissioned an Oil and Gas Vocational Training Centre in Agadagba, Ondo, adding that 200 beneficiaries of the amnesty would begin the training on welding and other skills in the next two weeks.
He also said that the office had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta, to train 200 delegates in various vocational skills.
He said that the Amnesty office was committed to building human capacity to attract sustainable development to the Niger Delta region.
AMNESTY: DOKUBO TRANSFORMATION STRIDES: THE BEARING SO FAR
By Barr Mary Agbajoh ‘’I am optimistic that the new policies and objectives for the Presidential Amnesty Programme under my watch will transform the Niger Delta region.
The region will attain giant strides if the people can positively utilize the instrumentality of the Amnesty Programme provided by the Federal Government, “.Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo made this statement recently while addressing delegation of the South-South Chiefs, Elders and Opinion Leaders Association of Nigeria (SSCEOLAN) paid him a courtesy visit at Abuja.
He, however warned that the Amnesty Programme cannot effectively serve its purpose if the people of the Niger Delta are not bonded by a common interest to develop the region.
In an effort to transform the programme as stated, Dokubo on resumption of office set in motion credible and positive change with the manner things are handled in the amnesty office in line with the mandate of his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.
His efforts to effectively manage amnesty programme led to a reduction in the incidence of oil Facility Vandalism and attacks on oil workers. This is as a result of the empowerment of the ex-militants through vocational and academicals training in higher institutions both in Nigeria and overseas countries.
Thus, the relative Peace in the area provided a platform for developmental activities to be carried out unhindered.
This has resulted in Nigeria being able to meet OPEC quota of 2.2mllion barrel fuel per day in 2018. It should equally be noted that he effectively managed the reintegration phase by providing the ex-agitators with either vocational training or formal education. Of course, there is also the re-insertion part of reintegration, which entails adding processes of returning already Trained Ex-agitators to civil society.
Thus no fewer than 18,721 person have been reintegrated out of he 30,000 enlisted in the programme.
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DOKUBO: I WON’T BOW TO PRESSURE TO SHARE AMNESTY CASH
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said he would not bow to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.
He advised Niger Deltans to shun unnecessary criticism and fully support Presidential Amnesty Programme.
He spoke at a meeting with the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association in Abuja.
Dokubo added that he would ensure that Amnesty Programme funds were prudently managed in spite of pressure from individuals and groups with parochial interests.
He said he was unperturbed by the desperation of some persons using the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse funds meant for genuine beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme to people not captured in the programme. “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00 monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend. Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn’t give a listening ear. For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people. As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people”. The President of the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association, Mr. Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed.
He hailed Dokubo for his transparency in the award of contracts and establishing a Job Placement Unit which has created more jobs to people of the region.
WHAT I'LL DO WITH AMNESTY FUNDS - DOKUBO - The coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, Charles Dokubo has said that he has no intention to squander the funds meant for ex-militants - Dokubo said that he will do his best to make sure the funds are disbursed only to beneficiaries of the programme - He urged urged youths in the Niger Delta region to fully support the programme so as to reap its dividends Professor Charles Dokubo, the special adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, has said that he would not succumb to pressure to share funds meant for ex-militants.
Speaking at a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, October 10, Dokubo urged Niger Deltans to dismiss false criticism and wholeheartedly lend their support to the programme, adding that he will do his utmost to ensure that the funds are shared with fairness despite pressures on him to do otherwise, The Nation reports.
The aide remarked that he was unmoved by the desperation of some persons using the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse the funds to those not enlisted as beneficiaries in the programme.
He said: “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00 monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend. Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn’t give a listening ear. "For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people. "As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people.” Moreover, the president of the Niger Delta Amnesty vendors association, Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed.
CAN DOKUBO SUSTAIN THE PEACE MOMENTUM IN NIGER DELTA?
When Professor Charles Quaker Dokubo replaced Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd) as the new Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme for former Niger Delta militants in March, 2018, one of the responsibilities he was charged with was that of calming frayed nerves of former militants, and ensuring that peace prevails in the region.
Since his assumption of office, not a few observers have been asking if he can successfully carry out this responsibility and ensure that the situation where former militants in the region are in the habit of threatening to go back to the creeks is managed. For analysts, achieving this will depend largely on Dokubo’s ability to, through his good offices, ensure that the mandate perspective of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is met.
Since he became the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, he has, no doubt, recorded laudable progress that followers of events in the region agree that he has what it takes to get the job done. For them, areas where he has recorded successes cut across meeting with over 30 Phase One leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers in furtherance of his peace efforts, and parleyed with 70 Phase Two and Three leaders the next day at same venue. He had also earlier hosted the leadership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), and visited a former Federal Commissioner for Information and respected Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in his determination to deepen peace in the Niger Delta. Also, as a first step after mounting the saddle, he constituted a committee headed by a university teacher, Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, to review the operations of the Amnesty Programme, particularly to ensure that the former militants become skilled through vocational training.
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SUPPORT AMNESTY PROGRAMME, DOKUBO URGES NIGER DELTANS
Rather than indulging in unnecessary criticism, the people of Niger Delta have been enjoined to get involved and fully support Presidential Amnesty Programme. Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, stated this at a meeting with the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association, in Abuja.
Dokubo also reiterated his determination to ensure that Amnesty Programme funds are prudently managed for the purpose it was set up, in spite of pressure from individuals and groups seeking parochial interests. He said he was unperturbed by the desperation of some persons who use the media to harass and blackmail him for his refusal to disburse funds meant for genuine beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme to people not captured in the programme. “If you are not on this programme, forget about getting N65, 000.00k monthly. You must be captured by this programme to be entitled to payment of monthly stipend.
Nobody from the Niger Delta has come to me that I didn't give a listening ear. For me, right from the beginning, I have said I’m not going to use Amnesty money for myself; I’m in this Office to serve. I don’t need to steal money. Amnesty money is for empowerment of Niger Delta people. As long as I’m in this office, I’ll do the right thing. If you stand aside and watch, that is your business. Amnesty Programme is here for you. It is for all of you; to empower the Niger Delta people". Speaking earlier, President of the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors Association, Mr. Tari Okosi, warned youths and elders of Niger Delta against frivolous and malicious petitions that could turn back to haunt the region if the Amnesty Programme failed. He commended Prof. Dokubo for his transparency in the award of contracts and establishing a Job Placement Unit that has created more jobs to people of the region.
SOUTH SOUTH CHIEFS, ELDERS PASS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON DOKUBO
South South Chiefs, Elders and Opinion Leaders Association of Nigeria, a socio-cultural pressure group advancing the interest of the Niger Delta region, has passed a vote of confidence on the Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Amnesty Programmme, Prof. Charles Dokubo.
Chief Omubo Atuboinoma Harry, Chairman of the group, who led a delegation to the Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja, described Dokubo as the right choice for the office and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his foresight in appointing him.
Harry said: “The South South chiefs and elders present here are from Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Edo states. “We have come to pass a vote of confidence on you.
“You are the rightly chosen person and you are the best we have ever seen and that is why we are here. “We will be with you; we will work with you to the end.
“Sometimes we should not be too tribalistic because God can send anybody to do the needful. “When God wanted to deliver the Israelites, he sent Moses.
“We commend President Buhari who has looked in the right direction to appoint somebody on his own. “God Almighty has called Buhari to be able to appoint the right person to the right seat in person of Prof. Dokubo, to deliver the Niger Delta people from abject poverty.” Harry harped on the need for rehabilitation centres in the Niger Delta to hasten the reintegration of ex-agitators into the society in addition to providing them a meaningful source of livelihood, and hinted that the group was in the process of acquiring a property for the purpose.
He said: “First and foremost, there must be a rehabilitation centre to coordinate all the South South groups and Rivers State happens to be the headquarters of this association. “There must be rehabilitation centres because some of these youths need people to talk to them and control them; we want to eradicate poverty within Niger Delta. “Before we came here we had series of prayers; how do we help Dokubo?
“We are trying to acquire a big building because God’s time has come that an event centre with two halls and offices be set up.” #dokubo
PTI TO TRAIN 200 BENEFICIARIES OF AMNESTY PROGRAMME
The Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Effurun, Delta State, for the training of 200 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the oil and gas sector. Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday in Abuja, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said it signposts the beginning of an indelible move by the Federal Government towards attaining greater heights. “As far as the Presidential Amnesty Programme is concerned, signing this MOU is a clear path to enhancing the knowledge of our people and raising their lives so that they can walk tall and reach the heights of their potentials. Let us make the best of this situation; so that our people will always remember us for good while being grateful to everyone, including the Federal Government that has not set us aside. With time, we will disabuse the minds of our people so that they will know what they are living for”, Dokubo said.
He urged Niger Delta people, particularly the youth to fully embrace the Federal Government’s developmental programmes, while assuring that the government will continue to maintain lasting peace in the Niger Delta, empower its youths and provide the requisite condition for the people live decently, besides giving the youth educational certificates.
Head, Vocational Training at the Amnesty Office, Barrister Amazuo Berepreboga, explained that the MOU will ensure the full training of 200 students at PTI in specialised fields in the oil and gas industry, such as oil & gas drilling, instrumentation, mechanical technology, electrical technology and process technology.
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AMNESTY PROGRAMME ‘LL TRANSFORM NIGER DELTA, SAYS DOKUBO
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, on Tuesday expressed optimism that new policies and objectives for Presidential Amnesty Programme under his watch will transform the Niger Delta region.
He however, warned that the Amnesty Programme cannot effectively serve its purpose if the people of the Niger Delta are not bonded by a common interest to develop the region.
Speaking in Abuja when a delegation of the South-south Chiefs, Elders and Opinion Leaders Association of Nigeria (SSCEOLAN) paid him a courtesy visit, Dokubo said the Niger Delta region will attain giant strides if the people can positively utilize the instrumentality of the Amnesty Programme provided by the federal government. “When the federal government brought this programme where we are training our people and sending them abroad, they did it because it is a necessary action. So, we are going to carry out this programme in an all inclusive manner. Wherever you are from the Niger Delta, you must be part of this programme. I’m here to carry out what I call reintegration, training, retraining and bringing out Niger Delta people so that they can be as qualified as any other person in Nigeria”. While expressing dismay over what he described as pull-him-down syndrome prevalent among the people of Niger Delta, Dokubo urged them to be united and work for a common goal. “I cannot claim to know everything, but I also know that with your experience you can always direct me on the right path so that we can do things the right way. I came into this place not to criticize anyone but to start from where I was appointed. What I met here is not what I’m here to talk about, but we are all from the Niger delta. Our idea of pulling down people is too much, and I will not be part of that. For me, where I want Niger Delta people to look into is how we can use this office to benefit our people. It is not about personal gains; it is about community development. Let us stop agonizing and start organizing, because if we do that, we will help ourselves.
STOP DISTRACTING DOKUBO WITH PROTEST THREATS, GROUP TELLS EX-MILITANTS
A group, the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors’ Association (NDAVA) yesterday urged ex-militants to stop distracting the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, with incessant protests. Instead, the group said the ex-militants should explore channels of communications within the amnesty office to resolve grievances, while also condemning the recent protest by some of them in Bayelsa, taking over the East – West Road. Rising from a meeting with the ex-militant leaders in Warri, Delta State, the group said the ex-agitators should work for the success of Dokubo.
The group added: “Our attention, has however, been drawn to the recent protest along the Bayelsa State section of the East-West Road calling on the president to sack Prof. Charles Dokubo, for some frivolous reasons that even they, the protest-ers, are still at a loss at how to properly convey and some other faceless petitioners who have persisted with petitions that started a month into the tenure, leaving us to wonder the indices used for judging an administration in its first month. “We all are aware of these mischief makers and their baseless allegations aimed at denting the image of a hardworking man, destabilising the rhythm we now have, and in effect, influencing another sad failure of the programme. “While we are concerned on the likely misinformation and sentiments it can cause to the reading public on the character and style of the new leadership, our greater worry is the wrong notion it might send to others on the intent of Niger Deltans towards their fellow Niger Deltans, and the sad fate is that it seems as if the region cannot produce a qualified personality to lead the office even after given a reputable professor the responsibility to manage the programme.” The group in a communiqué issued at the end of it meeting and signed by seven persons, also called on the Federal Government to effectively fund the amnesty programme.
2019: LEADERS OF NIGER DELTA EX- AGITATORS MEET DOKUBO
Leaders of ex-agitators enlisted in the first phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme met on Tuesday with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, to chart a course ahead of the 2019 polls.
The forthcoming presidential election was top on the agenda of the meeting which was held at the instance of the ex-agitators at Casa De Lucy Hotel in Abuja.
Pastor Reuben Wilson, who led 31phase one leaders of ex-agitators in the Amnesty Programme to the meeting, said it was to consult with Dokubo for a clear direction on political alignment of the Niger Delta people. “First of all, we thank you because you have tried and what you have been doing in this programme, especially recognizing the leaders and giving them empowerment. This is something people have not been doing but when you came, you said no, your mission here is to make sure that we succeed in this programme
Let me from this point explain why we said we needed this meeting with you. This is an hour of politics; people are moving from one political party to another. Presidential aspirants are meeting people every day and night but we the committed leaders of the Amnesty Programme, had not have a say. The reason being that we have a leader who is the head of this programme, and the leader is no other person than you sir. “We are here to get directive from you; we are here to know where we will dance to and to know your mind. We are here to get everything about this forthcoming election from you so that the leaders under this programme will know what to do. Even though most of us here have been pressured by some groups to dance right or left, but we still believe we have a leader who is overseeing this programme and before we take a decision, we have to hear from you”. #2019#leaders#of#nigerdelta#exagitators#ex#agitators#meet#dokubo#professorcharlesdokubo#presidentialamnestyprogramme#nigerdeltaregions#nigerdeltaamnestyprogramme#nigerdeltareports#amnestyprogramme#amnestyoffice#polls#abuja#nigeria#nigerianews#casadelucyhotel#casadelucy#osapnd#agenda#meeting#nig
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