The supreme council of ex-militants in Akwa Ibom State underneath the umbrella physique of Unyek Isong has known as for the restructuring of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in addition to the fast sack of the interim administrator of the programme, Col. Milland Dixion Dikio(retd).
In an announcement signed by the Chairman and the Secretaries respectively, ‘Common’ Dede Udofia and ‘Main’ Ibanga Ekeng and despatched to journalists in Uyo, the group additionally requested for the removing of the supervisory and oversight powers of the programme from the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser to allow it fulfill its statutory mandate.
They, nonetheless, accused the PAP interim administrator, Col. Dikio of neglecting their welfare and excluding them from actions of the programme and requested that he get replaced with a substantive particular adviser/coordinator.
The ex-militants who threatened to react if the federal authorities fails to do one thing about their calls for alleged that the amnesty programme was structured and run in such a means that favours their colleagues in Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States whereas the remainder from different States are neglected.
They additional alleged that ex-militants from Akwa Ibom State have been discriminated towards, marginalized and excluded from main actions akin to empowerment and trainings each on the nationwide and worldwide ranges no matter the thousands and thousands of Naira spent yearly on the welfare of Niger Delta ex-militants by the Amnesty Workplace.
Stressing that funds so appropriated are derived from the nation’s income of which Akwa Ibom is the very best contributor.
The assertion in components, “Because the current authorities got here into energy, successive administrations of the Amnesty Programme underneath the supervision of the Nationwide Safety Adviser have the Amnesty Programme to their private funding venture leaving among the ex-militants significantly these from our state uncared for and marginalized.
”We’ve got noticed the continued exclusion of those affected ex-militants from native and abroad coaching programmes, stoppage of month-to-month stipends of over 100 ex-militants from Akwa Ibom State since 2010 and eventual removing of their names from the Amnesty payroll with out cogent causes.
“We should react if the federal authorities fails to to honour our calls for as a result of we are able to now not maintain quiet.”
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