By Eseoghene Emuke
The Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd), has been advised to reposition and turnaround the crisis-hit amnesty programme for repentant Niger Delta militants.
A group, Urhobo Integrity Watch (UIW), who gave the advise, posited that the new Interim head of the amnesty body is experienced enough to breathe a new lease of life into the agency.
A statement by the group’s National President, Comrade Mudiaga Okorefe, and Secretary, Comrade Shedrack Onitsha, appealed to the people of the Niger Delta region especially former militants in the region to support the new coordinator.
The group made the call at the end of its meeting held in Ughelli where it appraise recent happening in the programme.
It congratulated Col. Dikio (rtd) on his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing the appointment as well dissevered.
While commending President Buhari on the appointment, the Urhobo group noted that Col Dikio as a seasoned administrator, will bring his wealth of experience into the administration of the Amnesty Programme.
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According to them; “we want to commend President Buhari for the appointment of Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd) one of our best, a seasoned administrator and an outstanding officer in his days in service as the Interim Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The President by this appointment has shown that he wants the best for the Amnesty Programme, therefore, we called on Niger Delta stakeholders to support Col Dikio to succeed, because we need people that can change the narrative.
“We should not allow a repeat of what is playing out at the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, where unending agitation has stalled the operation of the commission to the detriment of the Niger Delta people.
“Col. Dikio is a detribalized Niger Delta who has wide experience in administration will bring the needed change to the fortune of the Amnesty Programme if he is supported by stakeholders.
The statement enjoined Dikio to put the overall interest of Niger Delta region as topmost and ensure that the Amnesty Programme gets a new lease of life during his tenure.