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Monarchs urge Amnesty boss to empower trained ex-agitators

They also agreed to work closely with him to realize his new vision for the PAP and achieve lasting peace in the region.

Traditional rulers in the Niger Delta have declared their support for the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Colonel Milland Dixion Dikio (Rtd).

They also agreed to work closely with him to realize his new vision for the PAP and achieve lasting peace in the region.

The monarchs made the pledge in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when Dikio paid them a courtesy call as part of his ‘Back to the Region tour’ on Tuesday.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his appointment, the traditional rulers said Dikio’s tour of the region and his inclusive approach in the running of the PAP has reinstated the confidence of stakeholders that the Federal Government is committed to the objectives of the programme.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Executive Chairman/General Coordinator of the Association of Niger Delta Monarchs of Nigeria, King (Captain) Frank Okurakpo expressed confidence that Dikio will live up to expectations.

King Okurakpo however appealed to Dikio to ensure that all those who have been trained under the PAP are fully engaged in order to reduce youth unemployment in the region.

The monarchs also called for the establishment of amphibious security outfit that will be responsible for checkmating kidnapping and other sundry crimes within the region.

They also called for investment in agriculture and marine transportation that will help create jobs.

In his remarks, Dikio thanked the monarchs for maintaining peace in their domains and assured them of his readiness to recalibrate the training programme of the PAP to reflect areas that people of the Niger Delta have comparative advantage.

He said his tour of the region was deliberate because of the insinuations that the programme has been hijacked by other regions and has become an “Abuja thing”.

Dikio told the monarchs that his actions and policies would be guided by consensus inputs of key stakeholders of which they play a major role

He added that his focus would be effective reintegration of ex-agitators.

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