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Make money through entrepreneurship, don’t depend on N65,000 stipend – Dikio to Ex-agitators




The Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), has stated it was time the ex-agitators graduated from the mentality of receiving N65,000 month-to-month stipends and embraced entrepreneurship.


Chatting with leaders of the second section amnesty programme in Yenagoa on the weekend, Dikio regretted that the ex-agitators had allowed the stipends to change into their stronghold limiting them from harnessing their entrepreneurial potential.

Describing the stipend as insufficient, he challenged the ex-agitators to put on their considering caps and key into PAP’s imaginative and prescient of constructing them profitable entrepreneurs to allow them exit the stipend regime.

He stated it was solely affordable to finish the Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) side of the programme to start a post-DDR section of the scheme.

Dikio stated for the area to maneuver ahead the scheme have to be modified from ‘amnesty’ to the Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme (NDSP) insisting that with the present standing “there are issues we are able to’t do and there are international locations we are able to’t enter”.

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He stated: “We should set up the Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme. We should change that identify, terminate the DDR and open one other factor. I’ve operated DDR in Cameroon and Angola. So far as this identify ‘amnesty’ stays there are issues that we cant do and there are international locations we are able to’t enter. We will’t make progress sitting in a single place. My job is to make you assume past the N65,000 mentality”.

He stated the PAP was providing a platform to the ex-agitators by the cooperative mannequin to allow them develop and personal practical companies including that each one the beneficiaries of the scheme should organise themselves underneath cooperatives.

“It’s essential to consider how one can graduate from stipends after 11 years. I’m providing you a platform. It’s important to type yourselves into cooperatives. You’re higher than this stronghold of N65,000”.

Dikio additionally requested the ex-agitators and different youths within the Niger Delta to cease blocking main roads for protests and issuing ultimatums to grease firms to go away the area.

He stated such public show of violent behaviour was a part of the explanations most individuals outdoors the area declare the Niger Delta was not protected.

“This sort of behaviour is making individuals say right here is just not protected. I used to be to organise a workshop and I selected Port Harcourt, Owerri and Warri. However they turned it down and I stated I might not maintain the convention in Abuja. In case you are not selecting any of the venues then preserve your convention. They later selected Port Harcourt.

“We should all start to consider find out how to deliver firms again to the Niger Delta. If they don’t seem to be right here, your PhD is in useless. We now have instructed you that after your scholarship you need to work first for Niger Delta for 2 years. It’s as much as you and I to make the Niger Delta a greater place.

“We’ll graduate the programme to Niger Delta Stabilisation Programme. Do you need to keep in a home the place the owner wakes up each time and asks you to go away? Then why are you fast in giving oil firms a stop discover?

“Why will you go and block roads. What in regards to the individuals passing by the street? If you wish to prosper do you open your store or shut it? It’s essential to open it”.

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