GROUP TO FG: Settle Backlog of Ex-Agitators Stipends
—As this will guarantee peace in the region
The Niger Delta Positive Forum (NDPF) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to settle the backlog of the ex-agitators stipends as a way of ensuring peace in the region.
The group stated this recently in a release signed by their Chairman, Comr. Denis Binikoribofa Sokoto and Secretary, Amb. OZ Odubu, made available to GbaramotuVoice.
Completing the training and empowering of those yet to be engaged with academic or vocational training will guarantee true peace to the one-time volatile region, the release added.
In the same fashion, the group urged the Federal Government to keep their promises made through the relevant government ministries and agencies such as the Office of Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
They stressed that part of the steps that will ensure smooth operation of the amnesty engagement in the region by the Coordinator of the Programme is to henceforth be contacting delegates or beneficiaries directly as this will limit possible tension and enhance smooth operation of the programme.
The group reiterated their resolve to continue with the work of promoting peaceful coexistence between indigenes and foreigners in the region using articles, unscheduled meetings and writing of letters to the Presidency and that of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) proffering solutions to the hostility in the region.
They added that they are selfless, and result-oriented group and will remain resolute in achieving the peace that has eluded the region for a very long time, vowing to restore the glory of the region.
NDPF further pointed out that poverty, ignorance, neglect, and mass marginalization of the region by the successive government at both state and the centre has been the bane of the region.
On her membership strength and structure, the group stated that their members are drawn from all works of life which include but not limited to; Niger-Delta Ex-Agitators, Academicians, Artisans, Youth and Community Leaders including Legal Practitioners.
NDPF finally urged the Federal Government not to renege on their agreement as the group has observed that lately that it is only the members of the National Assembly that are now taking seriously the agreement they entered into in 2009 under the leadership of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of blessed memory.