- Say Vendors destroy FG vision for the programme
Niger Delta ex-militant leader have asked the Presidential adviser to Niger Delta and Chairman presidential amnesty programme (PAP) Professor Charles Dokubo to revoke all vendors contracts dealing specifically on the vocational and educational training of the programmes beneficiaries. Saying that vendors who are businessmen kill the dream of the federal government by short-changing original beneficiary names, unusual training duration to amass wealth for themselves at the expense of the trainees.
Ex-militant leaders under the phase 111 in a communiqué at the end of a general security meeting in heavily attended with over 80 ex -militant leader drawn from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers state in Warri yesterday of all ex-leaders of phase 111 a statement signed by the following ex-leaders, Peace Ambassador Godday Smith aka (King of the forest) convener, Mr. Julius Joseph , National Chairman phase 11, Ramsey Mukoro, Preye Ekpebide, Henry Gomerome, Lucky Willy, Peter Doloubiowei, Godday Couple,Alhaji Aletugbene, Odierin Agas. Ajuwa Johnson, Andrew Azazi, Solomon Ekelemi andThree Lion.
The communiqué stated ‘‘You are hereby directed to revoke all the vendors contracts on human capacity training in the amnesty programme and liaise with the leadership of the various phases to nominate qualified vendors for you who will not betray us by short-changing our boys for their brothers who are not from the Niger Delta and joined us to carry bullets in the creek. This is a ‘‘ gun business’’ you will not be happy after fighting soldiers with your life,several persons died and the survived ones were being manipulated by businessmen who are vendors in the amnesty programme to short-changed their names or give them three months or six month training and the vendors smiled to the banks with millions of naira, a training that would have lasted for one or two years and issue a certificate to them’’
They also said that ‘‘Federal government should as a matter of urgency should commence payment of the phase 111 ex-agitators leaders which will continue to give them sense of belonging as agreed in the programme by late President Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua’’
The group however, reiterated their support for the leadership of phase 111 National Chairman, Mr. Julius Joseph and also the new amnesty chairman, Professor Chairles Dokubo. They said the phase three leadership would always work together with the amnesty boss to bring the needed peace in Niger Delta region.