The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has known as on the Federal Authorities to shelve alleged plans to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) for ex-agitators within the Niger Delta area.
This comes as he charged folks within the area to provide you with a brand new narrative about holding leaders within the area to account.
Senator Omo-Agege spoke in Abuja on the weekend when he performed host to a socio-political group, New Period Discussion board.
Describing the transfer as untimely and ill-timed, the federal lawmaker stated it might truncate the delicate peace within the area.
In latest occasions there was a debate for both the scrapping or retention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, launched by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2009 for Niger Delta militants who had engaged in armed battle for a greater deal within the oil-rich area.
Talking on the matter, Omo-Agege stated: “I don’t suppose that the timing is true for the Amnesty Programme to be scrapped. Now we have challenges proper now within the North East, the ravages of Boko Haram, banditry in North West and North Central. These are sufficient challenges already on this nation. I don’t imagine that that is the time to reawaken the agitations of militancy within the Niger Delta area.
“It’s my hope and expectation that the coverage makers who’re round Mr President will convey this to Mr President that to the extent that there’s any such plan right now, it’s untimely and ill-timed. That’s not to say that this programme should keep in perpetuity. However we don’t imagine that the targets set have been fully achieved”.
He urged the group to provide you with a brand new narrative about holding leaders within the area to account.
In keeping with him, leaders within the area have failed, having been unable to judiciously utilise funds launched for the event of the area.
“I’ve been aware of all the budgetary estimates that had been handed each within the Eighth Meeting and within the Ninth Meeting. And all that we’re entitled to as a area has been given to us.
“However we have now failed Mr President as a result of we have now not been capable of maintain to account these to whom these assets have been entrusted. You don’t count on Mr President transferring from group to group to make sure that the fundings made accessible to us have been judiciously utilised.
“It’s as much as us because the folks of the area who cried out to insist that interventionist companies like NDDC be created for us and correctly funded and because of the youth agitation within the area that the Amnesty Programme be arrange, it’s left for us to ask questions that to the extent that the fundings have been launched to us how have these been utilised?
“It’s left for us to make sure we establish the tasks that we imagine will finest meet the wants of our folks.
“It’s not in Mr President’s place to return to my group to inform me what venture ought to be sited in my group to alleviate the challenges we face because of environmental degradation and oil exploration. It’s within the place of my group to return to Mr President by means of these companies to say that is our precedence.
“And having offered these funds, it’s left for us to get again to Mr President both by means of the Nationwide Meeting or the safety companies to say these are the tasks that had been offered in our communities however not carried out.
“So Mr President has achieved his half, we’re those which have failed our folks”, he acknowledged.
Earlier, Chief of the group, Sunday Onyewonsa, known as for a safety summit that may vogue out options to challenges going through the area, whilst he harassed the necessity to declare a state of emergency on Niger Delta roads.
Onyewonsa known as on the Deputy President of the Senate to prevail on the Federal Authorities to drop the deliberate scrapping of the Amnesty Programme, including that it ought to be overhauled to run by means of to the tip of the current administration.