Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, yesterday said that the amnesty programme would re-strategise and refocus on its mandate and programmes in order to produce desired results.
He lamented that the initiative had not produced expected results in the past, as many of the over 20, 000 ex-militants trained by the amnesty office since inception eight years ago, still remained unemployed. He spoke while handing over start-up packs to140 ex-militants entrepreneurs trained by the amnesty program in Kaima, Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, Bayelsa state.
While calling for the judicious use of the equipment provided by the Federal Government through the amnesty office, he said the gesture would deepen peace, safety and security in the Niger Delta.
Dokubo who had earlier paid a courtesy visit to the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, John Jonah, said the people of the region wouldn’t be suffering if the scheme had lived up to expectations, adding his regime studied the failures in implementations of the programme and took a decision to refocus the scheme.
Dokubo said he was focusing on the reintegration phase of the programme adding that President Buhari was interested in the scheme reaching rural communities, adding that the amnesty office would no longer allow beneficiaries of its empowerment programme resell their starter packs saying the amnesty was designed to create opportunities for the Niger Delta people to compete with their peers.