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Address grievances with dialogue, Dikio tells N’Delta

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
04 May 2022   |   2:59 am
Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd), has urged aggrieved persons in the Niger Delta region to adopt dialogue and negotiations as tools to resolve disputes in the region.

Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd), has urged aggrieved persons in the Niger Delta region to adopt dialogue and negotiations as tools to resolve disputes in the region.

He insisted that the use of intellectual property, networking, and negotiations remained the most potent means of drawing attention to issues of deprivation, marginalisation and environmental degradation. 

Dikio, according to a statement signed, yesterday, by his Special Adviser, Nneotabase Egbe, spoke at an event to mark the 50th birthday anniversary of the former board chairman of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Maj. Lancelot Anyanya (rtd) in Abuja.

The PAP boss said Niger Delta leaders should strive to be part of the boardroom negotiations instead of resorting to street agitations that would always lead to negative consequences.

While eulogising Anyanya for contributing to the peace and development of the Niger Delta, Dikio said his administration had been largely successful because of the vital role of the security expert.

He said: “When I was given this appointment, I prayed that I wanted to have destiny helpers and one of the destiny helpers God sent my way was Lancelot Ayanya. Our relationship started in 1990, but over the years, we have kept fate and kept in touch.  

“I remember that when I chose to retire from the army, he was one of the people I told. And so, without giving away straight secrets, if you want things done, look for Lance.”