IYC: Amnesty boss has surpassed our expectations

The Interim Administrator, PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd), in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Nneotaobase Egbe, and released in Port Harcourt, urged ex-agitators to take innovation and entrepreneurship seriously.

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to make the interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dikio (rtd), the substantive coordinator.

The umbrella Ijaw youth body said Dikio had surpassed the expectations of youths and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta.

The IYC in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Ebilade Ekerefe, hailed Dikio for his engagements with stakeholders in the region, saying it was a departure from previous administrations.

He said: “For us, Col. Dikio (rtd) has gone beyond the expectations of many, especially considering those who have manned that office in recent times. He has stabilised the programme and many stakeholders are pleased with his strategies.

“Dikio has redirected the amnesty programme. The programme has a template and its previous coordinators did not really pursue the template.

“However, since Dikio took over the leadership, he has pursued the programme in a direction that is pleasing to the stakeholders in the region, especially as he engages with them.”

Ekerefe said Dikio’s engagements led to peace and stability in the region, noting that the amnesty boss would not allow any month to pass without visiting Niger Delta to interface with stakeholders.

He appealed to President Buhari to honour the wish of stakeholders in the region by giving a substantive status to Dikio’s appointment.

Ekerefe said making Dikio the substantive coordinator would enable him to pursue the mandate of PAP to a logical conclusion, to ensure peace in the region.

He said: “While we congratulate Dikio on a successful year in office as the PAP boss, we believe that upon his confirmation as the coordinator, he will perform effectively.

“Dikio has the capacity and intellect as he has demonstrated so far. He has carried the people of the region along. We implore the Federal Government to make him the substantive coordinator so that he will have the full operational capacity to administer justice to the programme. We are not comfortable that the amnesty programme is run through an interim basis.”

The IYC spokesman urged the PAP boss to remain focused on his good work and not to be worried by the activities of mischief makers.

“Our message to him is not to be deterred. He should be focused. We know that the office is associated with distractions, so he should not be distracted. He should inform stakeholders about his policy direction so that everybody will be carried along in the process,” he said.

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