The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd), has hailed an ex-agitator, Tam Godspower Odogwu, for emerging the first Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate of the programme’s scholarship scheme.
Ndiomu confirmed that Odogwu recently graduated from the Igbinedon University, Okada, Edo State, after defending his thesis on Public Private Partnership (PPP) with special focus on the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Federal Government.
A statement signed by Ndiomu’s Special Assistant, Media, Thomas Peretu, said the PAP boss expressed his excitement over the feat achieved by Odogwu and the scholarship scheme when he met with the Phase three ex-agitators in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
While speaking during one of the meetings, the new Interim Administrator told the ex-agitators to work closely with the Presidential Amnesty Office to redesign the programme to be inclusive to enable them to reap from their sacrifices to restore peace in the Niger Delta region.
He expressed dissatisfaction with the success story of the programme with all the vocational skills training centres not yet completed after several years of award contracts to build for vocational skills training programmes, saying that the programme should be organised in such a way that can accommodate specialised competencies that will meet the requirements of the employers, with particular reference to the oil and gas industry and related sectors.
In his remarks, Odogwu appealed to the Federal Government not to terminate PAP because of its benefits to the development of the Niger Delta.